transitive verbhalved, halv′ing
- to divide into two equal parts
- to share (something) equally with someone: to halve one's winnings with another
- to reduce by fifty percent; reduce to half
- Carpentry to join (two pieces of wood) by cutting away an end of each to half its thickness and fitting the cut ends together
- Golf in match play, to play (a hole, match, etc.) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent
Origin of halveMiddle English halven from half, half
transitive verbhalved, halv·ing, halves
- To divide (something) into two equal portions or parts.
- To lessen or reduce by half: halved the recipe to serve two.
- Informal To share (something) equally: The twins halve everything.
- Sports To play (a golf game or hole) using the same number of strokes as one's opponent.
Origin of halveMiddle English halven from half half ; see half .
(third-person singular simple present halves, present participle halving, simple past and past participle halved)