halve [hav, häv]
halved, halving [ME halven < half, HALF]
1. to divide into two equal parts
2. to share (something) equally with someone [to halve one's winnings with another]
3. to reduce by fifty percent; reduce to half
4. Carpentry to join (two pieces of wood) by cutting away an end of each to half its thickness and fitting the cut ends together
5. Golf to play (a hole, match, etc.) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent

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  • halve — [ha:v US hæv] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: half] 1.) to reduce something by a half ▪ Cash cuts have halved the number of places available on training courses. 2.) to cut or divide something into two equal pieces ▪ Halve the potatoes lengthwise …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • halve — [ hæv ] verb 1. ) transitive to reduce something to half its original size, number, or amount: The bank had to halve its discount rate. a ) intransitive to be reduced to half the original size, number, or amount: The number of people contracting… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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