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Old English healf ('half'); as a noun, 'half', 'side', 'part'; akin to Old Saxon, Old Friesian, and Dutch half, German halb, Swedish half, Danish halv, Icelandic hālfr and Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌻𐌱𐍃 (halbs). Compare halve, behalf.

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Half (not comparable)

Positive
Half

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Consisting of a moiety, or half (1/2, 50%)
    a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view
  2. Consisting of some indefinite portion resembling a half; approximately a half, whether more or less; partial; imperfect
    a half dream; half knowledge
  3. (of a sibling) Having one parent (rather than two) in common
    A half brother or half sister
  4. (rare, of a relative other than a sibling) Related through one common grandparent or ancestor rather than two
    A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin

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  • (consisting of a moiety, or half): The adjective and noun are often united to form a compound.

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Half (not comparable)

Positive
Half

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. In two equal parts or to an equal degree; in some part approximating a half; partially; imperfectly
    half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half conscious
    • John Dryden:
      Half loth and half consenting.
    • Nehemiah 13:24:
      Their children spoke half in the speech of Ashdod.

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Singular
Half

Plural
halves

Half (plural halves)
  1. One of two equal parts into which anything may be divided, or considered as divided; — sometimes followed by of; as, a half of an apple.
    • John Milton:
      Not half his riches known, and yet despised.
    • Alfred Tennyson:
      A friendship so complete Portioned in halves between us
  2. Half of a standard measure; frequently used (British) for half a pint of beer or cider.
    • 1968 (British), John Braine, The Crying Game, Houghton Mifflin, p. 11,
      He came back with a pint of Guinness for me and a half of bitter for Wendy.
    • 1974 (British), James Herriot, All Things Bright and Beautiful, St. Martin's Press, ISBN 0312020309,
      I accepted a half of bitter from him.
    • 2006 (British), Bill Appleton, Wide Boy, Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie, ISBN 1843862530, p. 168,
      I went to the bar where I bought a pint and two large brandies. ... "Not brandy," she replied, "but I could use a long drink - maybe a half of lager."
  3. Patrono:Arithmetic The fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2.
    Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.
  4. (obsolete) part; side; behalf — Wyclif

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  • (arithmetic: fraction obtained by dividing 1 by 2): ½

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Infinitive
to Half

Third person singular
halves

Simple past
halved

Past participle
halved

Present participle
halving

to Half (third-person singular simple present halves, present participle halving, simple past and past participle halved)
  1. (transitive, obsolete) To halve.

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Half (declined halve)

  1. half

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Half

  1. Past tense singular of helfen.

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