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1‘half a bar of chocolate’
fifty per cent of, bisection of
1‘he ate a half grapefruit for breakfast’
halved, divided in two, part, partial
bisected, in two equal parts, in two equal portions
1‘the chicken is half cooked’
partially, partly, incompletely, inadequately, insufficiently, slightly, barely, in part, part, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, in some measure
not totally, not wholly, not entirely, not fully
2‘I am half inclined to believe you’
to a certain degree, to a certain extent, to a limited degree, to a limited extent, to some degree, to some extent, in part, partly, in some measure
almost, nearly, very nearly, just about, all but
‘he operated on a grand scale and never did anything by halves’
incompletely, imperfectly, inadequately, insufficiently, partially, scrappily, skimpily, to a limited degree, to a limited extent
1‘that doesn't half make you feel old!’
really, certainly, definitely, decidedly, assuredly, surely, very much, to a great extent, to a considerable extent, for sure, indeed
undeniably, undoubtedly, indubitably, irrefutably, incontrovertibly, incontestably, unequivocally
2‘the players are not half bad’
not at all, not a bit, not in any way, by no means, absolutely not, most certainly not, not for a moment, not nearly, not the slightest bit, to no extent
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