halve Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"halve" in British English

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uk   /hɑːv/  us   /hæv/
[T] to ​reduce something by ​half or ​divide something into two ​equalpieces: In the past eight ​years, the ​elephantpopulation in ​Africa has been halved. The ​potatoes will ​cook more ​quickly if you halve them before you put them in the ​oven. [I] If something halves, it is ​reduced by ​half: Their ​profits have halved in the last six ​months.
(Definition of halve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"halve" in American English

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halveverb [T]

 us   /hæv/
to ​divide something into two ​equalparts, or to ​reduce something to ​half of ​itsoriginalsize, ​number, or ​degree: The ​doctordecided to halve the ​dose of the ​drug.
(Definition of halve from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"halve" in Business English

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halveverb [I or T]

uk   us   /hɑːv/
to ​reduce a ​number or ​amount by 50 ​percent, or to be ​reduced by 50 ​percent: Canada, Japan, and the EU are ​committed to halving ​globalemissions by 2050. Pre-tax ​profits nearly halved last ​year to £14m.halve the amount/number/cost of sth The industry's ​rush of ​consolidation in the last decade nearly halved the ​number of ​banks in the U.S. to around 7,500.
(Definition of halve from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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