Translation of "half" - English-Spanish dictionary


noun, determiner uk /hɑːf/ us /hæf/ plural halves /hɑːvz/ /hævz/

A2 one of two equal parts of something; 1/2

Cut the lemons into halves.
It’ll take half an hour to get there.
Jenny lived in Beijing for a year and a half.
break, cut, etc. something in half

B1 to divide something into two equal parts

romper, cortar, etc. algo por la mitad
Fold the piece of paper in half.

informal a lot

la mitad de
I don’t even know where she is half the time.
half past one, two, etc. mainly UK

A1 30 minutes past one o’clock, two o’clock, etc.

la una, las dos, etc. y media
We got back to our hotel at half past seven.
adverb uk /hɑːf/ us /hæf/

B1 partly, but not completely

The room was half empty.
Sophia is half Greek and half Spanish (= she has one Greek parent and one Spanish parent).

(Translation of “half” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


noun /haːf/ (plural halves /haːvz/)

one of two equal parts of anything

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

parte, mitad, tiempo
Rangers scored three goals in the first half.

a half-dozen
a half-kilo of tea.
halve /haːv/ verb

to divide (something) into two equal parts

partir en dos
He halved the apple.

to make half as great as before; to reduce by half

reducir a la mitad
By going away early in the year, we nearly halved the cost of our holiday.
half-and-half adverb, adjective

in equal parts

a medias, en partes iguales
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.

half board noun

(British) an arrangement in which the price you pay for a room in a hotel includes breakfast and an evening meal.

media pensión
half-brother noun ( half-sister)

a brother or sister by one parent only

medio hermano, hermanastro
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.

half-hearted adjective

not eager; done without enthusiasm

poco entusiasta
a half-hearted cheer/attempt.
half-heartedly adverb

sin entusiasmo
I feel that he approached the task somewhat half-heartedly.
half-heartedness noun

indiferencia, falta de entusiasmo
half-holiday noun

a part of a day (usually the afternoon) during which no work is done

fiesta de media jornada
the school-children were given a half-holiday to celebrate the football team’s success.
half-hourly adjective, adverb

done etc every half-hour

cada media hora
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

vacaciones a mediados del 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)

descanso, intervalo
The players got a talk from the manager at half-time.
half-way adjective, adverb

of or at a point equally far from the beginning and the end

a medio camino
We have reached the half-way point
We are half-way through the work now.
half-wit noun

a fool or idiot

That boy is a complete half-wit.
half-witted adjective

foolish or idiotic

bobo, imbécil
a half-witted remark.
half-yearly adjective, adverb

done etc every six months

semestral, semestralmente
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

a media asta
The flags are (flying) at half mast.
by half

by a long way

pasarse de
He’s too clever by half.
do things by halves

to do things in an incomplete way

hacer las cosas a medias
He never does things by halves.
go halves with

to share the cost with

ir a medias con, pagar a medias
I went halves with Ian to pay for the taxi.
half past three/four/seven etc (also half after three)

at thirty minutes past the hour stated

y media
I’m leaving at half past six.
in half

in(to) two equal parts

en dos, por la mitad
He cut the cake in half
My pencil broke in half.
not half

a slang expression for very much

y tanto, ya lo creo
’Are you enjoying yourself?’ ’Not half!’

(Translation of “half” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)