halve

[hav, hahv] .
verb (used with object), halved, halving.
1.
to divide into two equal parts.
2.
to share equally: to halve one's rations with a stranger.
3.
to reduce to half.
4.
Golf. to play (a hole, round, or match) in the same number of strokes as one's opponent.
Idioms
5.
halve together, to join (two pieces of wood) by cutting from one, at the place of joining, a portion fitting to that left solid in the other.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English halven, derivative of half

unhalved, adjective

halve, have.
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halve (hɑːv)
 
vb
1.  to divide into two approximately equal parts
2.  to share equally
3.  to reduce by half, as by cutting
4.  golf to take the same number of strokes on (a hole or round) as one's opponent
 
[Old English hielfan; related to Middle High German helben; see half]

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halve
M.E. halfen "to divide in halves," c.1300 (see half).
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Example sentences
Halve dough and form each half into a disk, then wrap in wax paper.
Gather dough into a ball, then halve dough and wrap each half in plastic wrap.
Halve cake lengthwise, then transfer half to a cutting board and spread with
  all of pastry cream.
By succeeding, they halve the distance of coast-to-coast water travel- but
  formidable obstacles had to be conquered.
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