half
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half(
hahf
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (one of two equal parts)
a. la mitad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Half of the class didn't show this morning.La mitad de la clase no vino esta mañana.
b. el medio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A half plus another half equals one.Un medio más otro medio es igual a uno.
2. (sports)
a. el tiempo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The match was canceled after the first half.Se suspendió el partido después del primer tiempo.
3. (sports)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el descanso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The two teams are tied at the half.Los dos equipos están empatados en el descanso.
4. (beer) (United Kingdom)
a. la media pinta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I'll buy you a half in the pub.Te invito a media pinta en el pub.
5. (fare) (United Kingdom)
a. el billete de niño
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The price of a half is five pounds.El precio del billete de niño es cinco libras.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
6. (about 50 percent)
a. medio
Would you get a half gallon of milk at the store?¿Puedes comprar medio galón de leche en la tienda?
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
7. (not completely)
a. medio
The bed is only half made.La cama está solo medio hecha.
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half
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (in general)
a. la mitad
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
half an hourmedia hora f
half past twelve, half twelvelas doce y media
2. (sport)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
first/second halfprimera/segunda parte f, primer/segundo tiempo m
to fold/cut something in halfdoblar/cortar algo por la mitad
half a dozen, a half dozenmedia docena f
half of themla mitad (de ellos)
to have half a mind to do somethingestar tentado(a) de hacer algo
3. (hum)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
my better or other halfmi media naranja
she is too clever/arrogant by halfse pasa de lista/arrogante
she doesn't do things by halvesno le gusta hacer las cosas a medias
to go halves with somebodypagar or ir a medias con alguien
4. (fraction)
a. el medio
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
three and a halftres y medio
5. (ticket; for child) (United Kingdom)
a. el billete or
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
b. el boleto infantil
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
6. (half pint) (United Kingdom)
a. la media pinta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
7. (general)
a. medio(a)
half boardmedia pensión f
half daymedia jornada f
half hourmedia hora f
every half hourcada media hora
8. (music)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
half noteblanca f
at half pricea mitad de precio
half volleymedia volea f
An adverb is a word that describes a verb, an adjective, or other adverbs (e.g. to run quickly, very tired).
9. (general)
a. a medias
to half do somethinghacer algo a medias
the bottle was half full/emptyla botella estaba medio llena/vacía
you're half righttienes razón a medias
10. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
not half!¡y que lo digas!
11. (colloquial) (United Kingdom)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
it isn't half cold!¡menudo frío (que) hace!, ¡no hace frío ni nada!
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half [hɑːf] halves (plural)
noun
1 (gen) mitad (f)
give me half dame la mitad; half of my friends la mitad de mis amigos; half man half beast mitad hombre mitad animal; half a cup media taza (f); half a day medio día (m)
a pound and a halfone and a half pounds libra (f) y media
three and a half hours tres horas y media; we have a problem and a half tenemos un problema mayúsculo; vaya problemazo que tenemos
one's better half su media naranja (informal)
by half
better by half con mucho el mejor; it has increased by half ha aumentado en la mitad; he's too clever by half se pasa de listo; he doesn't do things by halves no hace las cosas a medias
half a dollar (value) medio dólar (m)
half a dozen media docena (f)
to go halves (with sb) (on sth) ir a medias (con algn) (en algo)
half an hour media hora (f)
to cut/break sth in half cortar/partir algo por la mitad
to break sth in half
half a moment!half a second! ¡un momento!
half an [orange]
one's other half su media naranja (informal)
they don't know the half of it no saben de la misa la media
she's asleep half the time se pasa la mitad del tiempo dormida
"Position of "medio"" See culture box in entry average.
2 (Dep) [of match] tiempo (m); (player) medio (m)
first/second half primer/segundo tiempo (m)
3 (Britain) [of beer] media pinta (f)
4 (child's ticket) billete (m) de niño
one and two halves, please un billete normal y dos para niños, por favor
adjective
[+bottle, quantity] medio
a half-point cut in interest rates una reducción de medio punto en los tipos de interés
I have a half share in the flat la mitad del piso es mío or de mi propiedad
adverb
1 (gen) medio; a medias
I was half afraid that ... medio temía que ...
half as
half as much la mitad; half as big la mitad de grande; they paid half as much again pagaron la mitad más
half as big/much again
their garden is half as big again su jardín es la mitad más grande (que este); there were only half as many people as before había solamente la mitad de los que había antes; it wasn't half as bad as I had thought [+interview, trip to the dentist] no lo pasé ni con mucho or ni de lejos tan mal como había imaginado
half asleep medio dormido
half done a medio hacer
he half got up se levantó a medias
half laughing, half crying medio riendo, medio llorando
I only half read it lo leí solo a medias
I was only half serious when I said that aquello solo lo dije medio en broma
2 (time)
half past four las cuatro y media; come at half three ven a las tres y media
3 (with neg) (Britain)
not half! ¡y cómo!; ¡ya lo creo!; he didn't half run corrió muchísimo; corrió como un bólido
the police caught him trying to break into somebody's car, but he managed to get away - he didn't half run! he saw the last bus home disappearing round the corner. He didn't half run! he opened up his sleeping bag, and there it was, a boa constrictor. He didn't half run!
it didn't half rain! ¡había que ver cómo llovía!; it wasn't half dear nos costó un riñón; fue carísimo; it isn't half hot hace un calor de miedo
modifier
half fare (n) medio pasaje (m); (as adv)
to travel half fare viajar pagando medio pasaje
half note (n) (US) (Mús) blanca (f)
half term (n) (Britain) (Educ) vacaciones (f) de mediados del trimestre
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