half Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “half” in the English Dictionary

"half" in British English

See all translations

halfnoun, pronoun, predeterminer, adjective, adverb

uk   /hɑːf/  us   /hæf/
A2 either of the two ​equal or ​nearlyequalparts 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 ​equalparts). My little ​brother is half astall 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 ​recipetells 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 ​evenknow where she is half (of) the ​time.half past A1 Half past a ​particularhour is 30 ​minuteslater 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 equalamounts of two different things: You can use just ​sugar, just ​honey, or half and half.
See also
half as much again 50 ​percent more of the ​existingnumber or ​amount
More examples

halfnoun [C]

uk   /hɑːf/  us   /hæf/ (plural halves)

half noun [C] (SPORT)

first/second half either of two ​periods of ​time into which a ​game is ​divided

half noun [C] (DRINK)

UK informal half a pint of a ​drink, ​especiallybeer: A ​pint of ​lager and two halves, ​please.

half noun [C] (TICKET)

UK a ​ticket that is ​cheaper because it is for a ​child: Two (​adults) and three halves to Manchester, ​please.
(Definition of half from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"half" in American English

See all translations

halfpronoun, noun [C/U]

 us   /hæf/ (plural halves  /hævz/ )
either of the two ​equal or ​nearlyequalparts that together make up a ​whole: [U] Half of 12 is 6. [U] Half (of) the ​students are Spanish. [U] Cut the ​apple in half (= into two ​equalparts). [C] The ​recipecalls for a ​pound and a half of ​potatoes. In ​sports, a half is one of two ​equalperiods of ​play, often with a ​shortpause for ​rest between them.

halfadjective, adverb [not gradable]

 us   /hæf/
referring to either of the two ​equal or ​nearlyequalparts that together make up a ​whole: Each ​talk should last about a half ​hour/half an ​hour (= 30 ​minutes). We need half a ​dozen (= six)eggs. Half also ​meanspartly or not ​completely: She was still ​sleepy and only half ​aware of what was ​happening. I half ​expected (= ​almostexpected) to ​see her at the ​party.
(Definition of half from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of half?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day


to succeed in finishing something or reaching an aim, especially after a lot of work or effort

Word of the Day

Take the rough with the smooth (Idioms to describe dealing with problems)
Take the rough with the smooth (Idioms to describe dealing with problems)
by Kate Woodford,
October 07, 2015
Readers of this blog will know that from time to time, we focus on frequent idioms. This week, we’re looking at idioms that we use to describe the way we deal with – or fail to deal with – problems and difficult situations. Starting with the positive, if you are in a

Read More 

face training noun
face training noun
October 05, 2015
a system of facial exercises designed to tone the facial muscles and improve the skin

Read More