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halve

[hav, hahv] /hæv, hɑv/
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
1250-1300; Middle English halven, derivative of half
Related forms
unhalved, adjective
Can be confused
halve, have.
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halve

/hɑːv/
verb (transitive)
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
Word Origin
Old English hielfan; related to Middle High German helben; see half
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Word Origin and History for un halved

halve

v.

c.1200, halfen "to divide in halves;" see half. Meaning "to reduce by half" is from c.1400. Related: Halved; halving.

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