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noun, pronoun, predeterminer, adjective, adverb uk   /hɑːf/  us   /hæf/
A2 either of the two equal or nearly equal parts that together make up a whole: "What's half of 96?" "48." Roughly half (of) the class are Spanish and the others are a mixture of nationalities. Cut the apple in half/into halves (= into two equal parts). My little brother is half as tall as me/half my height. half a dozen (= six) eggs Half of me would just like to give it all up and travel around the world (= partly I would like to, but partly I would not). She was born in the latter half of the 18th century. The recipe tells you to use a pound and a half of butter.B2 informal a lot: She invited a lot of people to the party but half of them didn't turn up. I don't even know where she is half (of) the time.half past A1 Half past a particular hour is 30 minutes later than that hour: I'll meet you at half past nine (= 09.30 or 21.30).UK informal I'll meet you at half seven (= half past seven).B1 only partly: He answered the door half naked. I was half expecting to see her at the party. I'm half inclined to take the job just because it's in Argentina. He was being funny but I think he was half serious. The bottle's half empty.go halves informal to divide the cost of something with someone: Shall we go halves on a bottle of champagne? I'll go halves with you on a bottle of champagne.half and half equal amounts of two different things: You can use just sugar, just honey, or half and half.
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half as much again 50 percent more of the existing number or amount
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noun [C] uk   /hɑːf/  us   /hæf/ (plural halves)
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