Definition of halfway in English:

halfway

Pronunciation /hɑːfˈweɪ//ˈhɑːfweɪ/

adjective & adverb

  • 1At or to a point equidistant between two others.

    as adverb ‘he stopped halfway down the passage’
    as adjective ‘during the night we passed Kingoonya, the halfway mark’
    • ‘After the concert, the storm was so intense my dad had to pull over halfway home.’
    • ‘Daniel stopped halfway upstairs and looked at her with a pained expression on his face.’
    • ‘By the time he reached the bottom of the stairs, Chris was already halfway to the door.’
    • ‘I wanted to pour my heart out and tell them I was only halfway home.’
    • ‘It was when we finally reached the halfway point that things began to get more difficult.’
    • ‘The orienteering course its members were on was at about the halfway point of the race.’
    • ‘The fundraising appeal is ongoing and has almost reached the £100,000 halfway point.’
    • ‘By the time we reached the halfway point of the climb, our water supply was gone.’
    • ‘He was already halfway across the open-plan lawn, discarding his clothes to reveal an all-over tan.’
    • ‘Keep going with the article, it starts slow but about halfway down starts getting into the real meaning.’
    • ‘I'm past the halfway mark, it's going to be finished and I am going to get out!’
    • ‘It may also make sense to add another crossing pipe halfway uphill of the one that washed out.’
    • ‘It was about when she reached the halfway mark between the store and dumpsters that she heard the low rumble of a souped engine roar.’
    • ‘It would easily take a week, if they had no problems, to climb those mountains and reach a halfway mark.’
    • ‘The club now boasts 606 members in total with the halfway mark of the 1500 target hovering into view.’
    • ‘I felt I should no more drop out halfway than a junior officer would have hung back when ordering his troops to go over the top.’
    • ‘When we reached about the halfway point, then the mortar and artillery fire started falling.’
    • ‘At that time of day, of course, the ferry was already almost halfway to Montserrat.’
    • ‘This fine pitch is roughly halfway between Headley's Bridge and Knocknagoshel.’
    • ‘Imagine Updike's Couples remixed by Brett Easton Ellis and you're halfway home.’
    midway, middle, mid, central, centre, intermediate, equidistant between two points
    midway, at the mid point, in the middle, in the centre
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    1. 1.1 In the middle of a period of time.
      as adverb ‘halfway through the night’
      • ‘She was about halfway through the class period when she felt a tap on her shoulder.’
      • ‘It drives you insane because, halfway through, you switch to the night shift.’
      • ‘Even when I got home halfway through the night last night I was still on cloud nine.’
      • ‘Summerbee has been a major factor in the club's surge into the play-off places as the season approaches the halfway mark.’
      • ‘It took them until halfway through the second period to click back into gear.’
      • ‘Try and do this halfway through the revision period, the sleepover can be a mixture of work and fun.’
      • ‘Bob, we have passed the halfway mark of the season with the team leading both championships.’
      • ‘With the top two going up to division one, Acomb are handily placed as the season heads towards the halfway mark.’
      • ‘Perhaps they just got kind of bored around the halfway mark, and decided to ship.’
      • ‘I've been to gigs where I wanted the set to go on all night, gigs where I left halfway through the support act.’
      • ‘So anyone can see why my attention was dwindling about halfway through first period.’
      • ‘A six-year scheme to highlight historical sites in Burnley has reached its halfway point.’
      • ‘One night halfway through the first year, he woke me up at half two in the morning, stoned and visibly shaken.’
      • ‘Abby became DJ for the night, which led to songs being changed halfway.’
      • ‘We haven't even reached the halfway point in the season yet and you're tipping us for disaster.’
      • ‘I was watching Predator on telly last night, and burst out laughing about halfway through.’
      • ‘There are some female stars past the halfway mark in their lives who can still sell out world tours.’
      • ‘Ms Beeny is so very annoying that I can usually feel my hackles rising before the programme has even reached the halfway point.’
      • ‘You are in the middle of a meeting with the boss, or halfway through a lip-smacking meal.’
      middle, centre, midpoint, halfway point, kernel, nub, focal point
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    2. 1.2as adverb To some extent.
      ‘I'm incapable of doing anything even halfway decent’
      • ‘That wasn't a bad place to pitch if you really knew how to pitch and had halfway decent control.’
      • ‘Everyone knows that the only reason I sound like a halfway decent singer is that I have a great band with me to cover my bad notes.’
      • ‘With the fairways cut and greens in halfway decent shape, it was bound to happen that good scores would be shot.’
      • ‘At last, a halfway decent British movie after what has so far amounted to a pretty depressing year for UK cinema.’
      • ‘Like any halfway decent hero, Kingstone's looking out for the little guy - sort of.’
      • ‘So, maybe between them Rimington and Jennings have written a halfway entertaining book.’
      • ‘That was back in the days when they awarded prizes to stuff that was halfway entertaining and interesting.’
      • ‘It's fine for taking stills, but we found it requires the user to sit very still in front of the cam if you want a halfway decent photo.’
      • ‘If I do a search on there to see which weblogs are linking to mine it provides me a halfway decent list.’
      • ‘It was a simple weapon, standard issue, but it was steel, with halfway decent heft.’
      • ‘At this point she started to reach for anything to say, but then, she got a halfway decent idea.’
      • ‘Restaurants actually started to offer halfway decent veggie food.’
      • ‘A couple of halfway decent, if rather weedy, hits would see us within chipping distance, so we went for it.’
      • ‘If it had even a halfway decent interface, it would probably be fun to play.’
      • ‘These issues should be easy and cheap to find in any comic store with a halfway decent back stock.’
      • ‘Scott had talked him into getting rid of the wristbands so he could look halfway decent for the prom.’
      • ‘At best the sound was halfway decent, along the lines of a typical cell phone call.’
      • ‘At least it's got some halfway decent teachers and good labs and stuff.’
      • ‘Dressed like a dosser, he shuffles about, teaching Caviezel how to make banal lines sound halfway decent.’
      • ‘He also mentions some halfway decent Manc acts like Roger, Bynatone, Nylon Pylon and Double Grey.’
      to some degree, to some extent, to a certain degree, to a certain extent, in some measure, rather, relatively, comparatively, moderately, cautiously, somewhat, to a point, up to a point
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Pronunciation

halfway

/hɑːfˈweɪ//ˈhɑːfweɪ/