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Translation of "half" - English-French dictionary


noun /haːf/ ( plural halves /haːvz/)
one of two equal parts of anything moitié, demi He tried to stick the two halves together again half a kilo of sugar a kilo and a half of sugar one and a half kilos of sugar.
one of two equal parts of a game (eg in football, hockey) usually with a break between them demie Rangers scored three goals in the first half.
demi a half-dozen a half-kilo of tea.
halve /haːv/ verb
to divide (something) into two equal parts couper en deux He halved the apple.
to make half as great as before; to reduce by half diminuer de moitié By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
half-and-half adverb, adjective
in equal parts moitié-moitié We can split the costs between us half-and-half.
halfback noun
in football, hockey etc, (a player in) a position directly behind the forwards. demi
half-brother nouns ( half-sister)
a brother or sister by one parent only demi-frère, demi-soeur My father has been married twice, and I have two half-brothers.
half-caste noun
an offensive word for a person whose father and mother are of different races, especially white and black. métis, isse
half-hearted adjective
not eager; done without enthusiasm sans enthousiasme a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
half-heartedly adverb
sans conviction
half-heartedness noun
half-holiday noun
a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done demi-congé the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team’s success.
half-hourly adjective, adverb
done etc every half-hour toutes les demi-heures The trains depart at half-hourly intervals The buses to town run half-hourly.
half-term noun
(the period when students are given) a holiday about the middle of a term congé de mi-trimestre We get a week’s holiday at half-term (also adjective) a half-term holiday.
half-time noun
a short rest between two halves of a game (of football etc) mi-temps The players ate oranges at half-time.
half-way adjective, adverb
of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end à mi-chemin We have reached the half-way point We are half-way through the work now.
half-wit noun
a fool or idiot idiot, idiote That boy is a complete half-wit.
half-witted adjective
foolish or idiotic. simple d’esprit a half-witted remark.
half-yearly adjective, adverb
done etc every six months semestriel; semestriellement a half-yearly report We balance our accounts half-yearly.
at half mast
(of flags) flying at a position half-way up a mast etc to show that someone of importance has died en berne The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half
by a long way beaucoup trop He’s too clever by half.
do things by halves
to do things in an incomplete way faire les choses à moitié He never does things by halves.
go halves with
to share the cost with. partager également I went halves with Ian to pay for the taxi.
half past three/four/seven etc ( American half after three etc)
at thirty minutes past the hour stated et demie I’m leaving at half past six.
in half
in(to) two equal parts en deux He cut the cake in half My pencil broke in half.
not half
a slang expression for very much tu parles! ‘Are you enjoying yourself?’ ‘Not half!’
(Definition of half from the Password English-French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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