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1half/ˈhæf/
British/ˈhɑːf/noun
pluralhalves/ˈhævz/British/ˈhɑvz/
1half
/ˈhæf/British/ˈhɑːf/
noun
pluralhalves/ˈhævz/British/ˈhɑvz/
Learner's definition of HALF  
: one of two equal or nearly equal parts into which something can be divided
[count]
[noncount]
— see also better half, other half
[count]  : either of the two equal periods of playing time in sports like football and basketball
   b  the half  : the time when the first half of a game ends
[count]British, informal  : half a pint of a drink (such as beer)

and a half

— used in measurements of time, distance, weight, etc., to indicate one half of the unit of measurement
informal  — used to say that something is very good, large, difficult, etc.

by halves

informal
: in an incomplete way — used in negative statements to say that someone does things with a lot of energy and effort

go halves

alsogo half and half
: to share the cost of something equally

in half

: into two equal parts : into two halves

the half of it

informal
— used to say that a situation is even worse than you think it is or than it seems to be

too…by half

chiefly British, informal
— used to say that someone or something has too much of a particular quality usually in a way that is annoying
2half/ˈhæf/
British/ˈhɑːf/pronoun
2half
/ˈhæf/British/ˈhɑːf/
pronoun
Learner's definition of HALF  
: a number or amount that is equal to one half of a total

half the battle

— see 1battle

have half a mind

— see 1mind
3half/ˈhæf/
British/ˈhɑːf/adjective
3half
/ˈhæf/British/ˈhɑːf/
adjective
Learner's definition of HALF  
always used before a noun
: equal or nearly equal in size, value, amount, etc., to one half of something
— see also half hour, half price
: not complete : partial — often used in combination
4half/ˈhæf/
British/ˈhɑːf/adverb
4half
/ˈhæf/British/ˈhɑːf/
adverb
Learner's definition of HALF  
: to an extent that is equal or nearly equal to half of something
: not completely : to some degree : partially

half again as much/many (etc.) as

(US)or Britishhalf as much/many (etc.) again as
— used to say that the size or amount of one thing is 50 percent more than another

half as big/much/good (etc.) as

— used to say that the size, amount, or quality of one thing is half or nearly half that of another

half off

— used to say that something is being sold at half the original price

not half

: not nearly
British, informal  — used to emphasize a statement or description

not half bad

informal
: surprisingly good
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