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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To divide (something) into two equal portions or parts.
  • transitive v. To lessen or reduce by half: halved the recipe to serve two.
  • transitive v. Informal To share (something) equally: The twins halve everything.
  • transitive v. Sports To play (a golf game or hole) using the same number of strokes as one's opponent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To reduce to half the original amount.
  • v. To divide into two halves.
  • v. To make up half of.
  • v. To join two pieces of timber etc. by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A half.
  • transitive v. To divide into two equal parts; ; to be or form half of.
  • transitive v. To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away each for half its thickness at the joining place, and fitting together.
  • transitive v. Of a hole, match, etc., to reach or play in the same number of strokes as an opponent.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To divide into two parts, especially two equal parts or halves.
  • To join, as two pieces of timber, by cutting away one half or an equal portion in depth of each, so as to let them into each other.
  • n. An obsolete variant of half.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. divide by two; divide into halves

Etymologies

Middle English halven, from half, half; see half.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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