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noun /haːf/ ( plural halves /haːvz/)
one of two equal parts of anything mitad 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.
medio 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. medio
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. mestizo
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 bobo 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!’
(Definition of half from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)
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