- 1[intransitive, transitive] to reduce by a half; to make something reduce by a half The shares have halved in value. halve something The company is halving its prices.
- 2[transitive] halve something to divide something into two equal parts Word Origin Middle English: from half.Idioms (saying) if you talk to somebody about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself, they seem less serious
BrE BrE//hɑːv//; NAmE NAmE//hæv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they halve
BrE BrE//hɑːv//; NAmE NAmE//hæv//he / she / it halves
BrE BrE//hɑːvz//; NAmE NAmE//hævz//past simple halved
BrE BrE//hɑːvd//; NAmE NAmE//hævd//past participle halved
BrE BrE//hɑːvd//; NAmE NAmE//hævd//-ing form halving
BrE BrE//ˈhɑːvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈhævɪŋ//