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Translation of "half" - English-German dictionary


noun /haːf/ ( plural halves /haːvz/)
one of two equal parts of anything die Hälfte 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 die Halbzeit Rangers scored three goals in the first half.
halb-… a half-dozen a half-kilo of tea.
halve /haːv/ verb
to divide (something) into two equal parts halbieren He halved the apple.
to make half as great as before; to reduce by half halbieren By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
half-and-half adverb, adjective
in equal parts halb und halb 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. der Läufer
half-brother nouns ( half-sister)
a brother or sister by one parent only der Halbbruder, die Halbschwester 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. das Halbblut
half-hearted adjective
not eager; done without enthusiasm halbherzig a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
half-heartedly adverb
half-heartedness noun
die Halbherzigkeit
half-holiday noun
a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done freier Nachmittag the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team’s success.
half-hourly adjective, adverb
done etc every half-hour halbstündlich 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 die Halbzeit, Halbzeit-… 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) die Halbzeit The players ate oranges at half-time.
half-way adjective, adverb
of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end auf halbem Wege We have reached the half-way point We are half-way through the work now.
half-wit noun
a fool or idiot der Dummkopf That boy is a complete half-wit.
half-witted adjective
foolish or idiotic. dumm a half-witted remark.
half-yearly adjective, adverb
done etc every six months halbjährlich 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 der Halbmast The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half
by a long way bei weitem He’s too clever by half.
do things by halves
to do things in an incomplete way etwas nur halb tun He never does things by halves.
go halves with
to share the cost with. teilen mit 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 eine halbe Stunde nach I’m leaving at half past six.
in half
in(to) two equal parts in zwei Hälften He cut the cake in half My pencil broke in half.
not half
a slang expression for very much nicht schlecht ‘Are you enjoying yourself?’ ‘Not half!’
(Definition of half from the Password English-German Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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