- 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)