(noun, adjective, verb, adverb, preposition)


1. consisting of one of two equivalent parts in value or quantity

- a half chicken

- lasted a half hour

Similar word(s): fractional

2. partial

- gave me a half smile

- he did only a half job

Similar word(s): incomplete, uncomplete

3. (of siblings) related through one parent only

- a half brother

- half sister

Sentences with half as an adjective:

- a half bushel; a half hour; a half dollar; a half view

- a half dream; half knowledge

- A half brother or half sister

- A half uncle or half aunt or half cousin

- We went to bed at half ten.


1. partially or to the extent of a half

- he was half hidden by the bushes

Sentences with half as an adverb:

- half-colored; half done; half-hearted; half persuaded; half conscious


1. one of two equal parts of a divisible whole

- half a loaf

- half an hour

- a century and one half

Definition categories: quantity

2. one of two divisions into which some games or performances are divided: the two divisions are separated by an interval

Definition categories: time, division, part, section

Sentences with half as a noun:

- You don't know the half of it.

- Three-quarters minus a quarter is a half.


1. (Britain, Ireland) a half-hour after, thirty minutes after (used with the number of the hour)

- half one — half past one, 1:30


1. (transitive, obsolete) To halve.