• To halve something is (1) to divide it into two equal portions or parts, or (2) to lessen or reduce it by half. Halve is only a verb, though the corresponding noun, half, is pluralized with a vhalves



    Halve as a verb


    But people familiar with the plan say that one hallmark is a proposal to roughly halve the number of board members from the current 27. [Wall Street Journal]

    The Pakistani government has caved in to public anger and a coalition party ultimatum by halving a fuel price rise. [BBC News]

    A smattering of University of Canterbury courses will resume next week, while the institute’s term break has been halved. []

    Mr. Quagliata halves the brussels sprouts, and cuts the butternut squash and the apples into asymmetrical chunks. [New York Times]

    Halves as a plural

    Squeeze the juice from the lemon halves into the water, then add the rinds to the pot. [Miami Herald]

    The club also faces a secondary charge that it was responsible for both the first and second halves at Camp Nou starting late. [Guardian]


    1. I have never heard ‘halve’ being pronounced the same as ‘have’. No doubt this is due to regional accent where the author is from.

      • Grammarist says

        Thank you. We removed that line. We usually try to avoid addressing punctuation anyway, as this site is meant for an international audience. But just out of curiosity, if you’re following up on this, how do you pronounce “halve”? Does it rhyme with “valve,” or is it like “have” with a subtle “l” sound?

    2. I would say it more like harve.

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