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half / mitad
 
half   [hɑ:f]   -noun
halves   plural
A. -noun
1. (generally)   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. a pound [and] a half
b. one [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
c. one'noun [better] half   *   humorous   su media naranja *
d. [by] half
·better by half
·con mucho el mejor
·it has increased by half
·ha aumentado en la mitad
·he'noun too clever by half
*   se pasa de listo
·he doesn't do things by halves
·no hace las cosas a medias
e. half a [dollar]
(=value)   medio dólar (m)
f. half a [dozen] =   media docena (f)
g. to [go] halves (with somebody) (on something) =   ir a medias (con somebody, someone) (en algo)
h. half an [hour] =   media hora (f)
i. to cut/break something [in] half =   cortar/partir algo por la mitad
j. half a [moment]!   *
k. half a [second]!   *   ¡un momento!
l. one'noun [other] half   *   humorous   su media naranja *
m. they don't know [the] half of it   *   no saben de la misa la media
n. she'noun asleep half the [time]   ironic   se pasa la mitad del tiempo dormida
AVERAGE, HALF
2. (Sport)
a. [of match]   tiempo (m)
(=player)   medio (m)
·first/second half
primer/segundo tiempo (m)
3. (British, Great Britain)
a. [of beer]   media pinta (f)
4. (=child'noun ticket)   billete (m) de niño
·one and two halves, please
·un billete normal y dos para niños, por favor
B. -adjective
[bottle, quantity]   medio
a. a half-[point] cut in interest rates =   una reducciónoun de medio punto en los tipos de interénoun
b. I have a half [share] in the flat =   la mitad del piso es masculineío or de mi propiedad
C. -adverb
1. (generally)   medio,   a medias
a. I was half [afraid] that ... =   medio temía que ...
b. half [as]
·half as much
·la mitad
·half as big
·la mitad de grande
·they paid half as much again
·pagaron la mitad masculineánoun
·their garden is half as big again
·su jardínoun es la mitad masculineánoun grande (que éste)
·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
c. half [asleep] =   medio dormido
d. half [done] =   a medio hacer
e. he half [got up] =   se levantó a medias
f. half [laughing], half crying =   medio riendo, medio llorando
g. I only half [read] it =   lo leí nounólo a medias
h. I was only half [serious] when I said that =   aquello nounólo 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 negative)
(British, Great Britain)   *
·[not] half!
·¡y cómo!,   ¡ya lo creo!
·he didn't half run
·corrió muchísimo,   corrió como un bólido
·it didn't half rain!
·¡había que ver cómo llovía!
·it wasn't half dear
·nos costó un riñónoun,   fue carísimo
·it isn't half hot
·hace un calor de miedo
D. -compound
·half fare   -noun   medio pasaje (m)   (as adverb)
·to travel half fare
·viajar pagando medio pasaje
·half note   -noun
(United States)   (music)   blanca (f)
·half term   -noun
(British, Great Britain)   (school)   vacaciones feminine plural de mediados del trimestre
 
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged and Audio Headword Pronunciation (Spanish) 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co Ltd. 1971,1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992,1993,1996,1997,2000,2003,2005.
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