half

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half is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
half

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Noun[change]

Singular
half

Plural
halves

  1. (countable) A half is 1/2 of a whole; 50%.
    Sales were down from January to June but jumped in the second half of the year.
    Half a year later, the baby was born.
    A half minute after the game started, the rain began.
    It took us an hour and a half to get the bike working again.
    The city was about half the size of Vancouver.
    More than half the money came from the government.
    It's cost us three and a half thousand dollars.
    We'll meet at half past two.
    It's two and a half times as big as the old one.
    The coach changed the goal keeper at half time.
    The same car might cost about half as much again as in Britain.
    These cookies are not half as good as the ones your mum makes.
    The apples are half price today.
    When I phoned, he was still half asleep.
    The glass was half full.
    Since the early 1980s the army's strength and budget have been cut in half .
    The car was half on the road when it was hit.
  2. (countable) A half is one part of a game that is divided into two parts.
    At the end of the first half, Japan is leading Iran by two points.
  3. (countable) A half is one end of a sports field.
    He kicked the ball deep into New England's half.
  4. (countable) A half is a player who plays in the middle part of the field in sports like football, rugby, etc.

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