halve

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English halven, helven, from Old English hilfan, helfan, *hielfan (to halve, divide in two), from Proto-West Germanic *halbijan, from Proto-Germanic *halbijaną (to halve), from Proto-Germanic *halbaz (half).

Cognate with Middle Dutch halven (to halve), Middle High German halben, helben (to halve). Compare also West Frisian helte (to halve), Dutch halveren (to halve), German Low German halberen (to halve), German halbieren (to halve), Danish halvere (to halve), Swedish halvera (to halve).

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halve (third-person singular simple present halves, present participle halving, simple past and past participle halved)

  1. (transitive) To reduce to half the original amount.
  2. (transitive) To divide into two halves.
  3. (transitive) To make up half of.
  4. (architecture, transitive) To join two pieces of timber etc. by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.
  5. (golf, transitive) In match play, to achieve a tie or draw on.
    to halve a hole or a match
    • 2005, Elliott, Bill, The Golf Bag Buddy: The Essential On-Course Reference, page 67:
      All that counts is whether you won, lost, or halved the match.

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Danish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈhalvə], [ˈhall̩]

Adjective[edit]

halve

  1. plural and definite singular attributive of halv

Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

halve

  1. Inflected form of half

Middle English[edit]

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Noun[edit]

halve (plural halves or halven)

  1. Alternative form of half

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English helfe.

Noun[edit]

halve

  1. Alternative form of helve

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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halve

  1. definite singular of halv
  2. plural of halv

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse halfa

Noun[edit]

halve f or m (definite singular halva or halven, indefinite plural halver, definite plural halvene)

  1. (a) half
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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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halve

  1. definite singular of halv
  2. plural of halv

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old Norse halfa.

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halve f (definite singular halva, indefinite plural halver, definite plural halvene)

  1. a half
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