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Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
Sebastian Coe

Meaning of "half-hearted" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HALF-HEARTED

half-hearted play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HALF-HEARTED

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Half-Hearted is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES HALF-HEARTED MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of half-hearted in the English dictionary

The definition of half-hearted in the dictionary is without enthusiasm or determination.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HALF-HEARTED

half-filled
half-finished
half-forgotten
half-formed
half-forward
half-frame
half-frozen
half-full
half-grown
half-hardy
half-heartedly
half-heartedness
half-hitch
half-hoping
half-hose
half-hour
half-hourly
half-human
half-hunter
half-inch

WORDS THAT END LIKE HALF-HEARTED

big-hearted
black-hearted
brokenhearted
cold-hearted
converted
departed
downhearted
faint-hearted
good-hearted
kind-hearted
light-hearted
lion-hearted
not for the faint-hearted
open-hearted
parted
pure-hearted
softhearted
tenderhearted
uncharted
warm-hearted
wholehearted

Synonyms and antonyms of half-hearted in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HALF-HEARTED»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «half-hearted» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of half-hearted

Translation of «half-hearted» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HALF-HEARTED

Find out the translation of half-hearted to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of half-hearted from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «half-hearted» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

敷衍的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

indiferente
570 millions of speakers

English

half-hearted
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अधूरे मन से
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

فاترة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

половинчатым
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

hesitante
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

উত্সাহশূন্য
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

tiède
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Setengah hati
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

halbherzig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

いいかげんな
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

성의가 없는
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Setengah ati
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

hửng hờ
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அரை மனதுடன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अर्धवट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gönülsüz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

tiepido
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

połowiczne
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

половинчастим
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cu jumătate de inimă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

χλιαρές
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

halfhartige
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

halvhjärtade
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

halvhjertede
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of half-hearted

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HALF-HEARTED»

The term «half-hearted» is regularly used and occupies the 77.929 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HALF-HEARTED» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about half-hearted

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6 QUOTES WITH «HALF-HEARTED»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word half-hearted.
1
Roone Arledge
In the past ABC has made half-hearted efforts or, worse, cosmetic efforts, to do something about news and I wasn't certain about what their real aim was - nor am I now.
2
Jane Badler
I think if you're half-hearted you shouldn't go into acting.
3
Sebastian Coe
Inspirational leaders need to have a winning mentality in order to inspire respect. It is hard to trust in the leadership of someone who is half-hearted about their purpose, or only sporadic in focus or enthusiasm.
4
Jay Inslee
I am not one for half measures or half-hearted efforts.
5
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Those who cannot work with their hearts achieve but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around.
6
Jack Straw
It's extraordinary what children put up with. I happened to see two of my uncles put my father up against the wall of my grandmother's house and knock his teeth out, because he'd been unpleasant to my mother. The next day I went upstairs and found my father making a rather half-hearted attempt to gas himself.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HALF-HEARTED»

Discover the use of half-hearted in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to half-hearted and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Half-Hearted
Englishmen have been warning each other for some time against possible dangers at home and abroad, and this novel, whether that danger be imaginary or not, will probably be taken into consideraton as one of the ablest efforts in this ...
John Buchan, 2014
2
Half-hearted Reform: Electoral Institutions and the Struggle ...
With this book, King provides the most comprehensive analysis yet of the reforms in the institutions of democratic representation, political parties, elections, and legislatures that spearheaded Indonesia's political transition.
Dwight Y. King, 2003
3
Half Hearted Detective
Bounced from the police force after a heart attack, former detective Vinnie Altobelli finds his career jump-started when Tony Pardo offers him one million dollars to find out who is trying to kill him
Milton Bass, Dana Isaacson, 1993
4
Half-Hearted Churchmen, a Correspondence in 'Church Bells' ...
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923.
Charles Bullock, 2012
5
Kid Wonder and the Half-Hearted Hero: Stage 12+
The series is organisedinto Oxford Reading Tree Stages (from Stage 10 to Stage 16), with each stage introducing more complex narrative forms, including flashbacks and changes in viewpoint; descriptive writing; extended reading vocabulary; ...
Stephen Elboz, 2000
6
Half-Hearted Enemies: Nova Scotia, New England and the War ...
In this book author John Boileau explores many aspects of the involvement of Nova Scotia in the War of 1812.
John Boileau, 2005
7
Gender, Trafficking, and Slavery
Half-hearted protection: what does victim protection really mean for victims of trafficking in Europe? Elaine Pearson Anna (not her real name) was trafficked into forced prostitution from Eastern into Western Europe. She was 'rescued' during a ...
Rachel Masika, 2002
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Grand Dictionnaire Hachette-Oxford
... [saison, température] mild; • salade; 2 fig (sans enthousiasme) [sentiment, applaudisseVments, partisan] lukewarm, half-hearted; Bnmf péj (membre d'un parti, groupe) lukewarm ou half-hearted supporter; (adepte) half-hearted believer Cadv ...
Marie-Hélène Corréard, Valerie Grundy, Jean-Benoit Ormal-Grenon, 2007
9
Britain and European Integration Since the Second World War
Half-hearted Europeans 1973-94 On joining the EC sixteen years after the Treaty of Rome, the British did not make a conspicuous effort to be congenial partners. This was not because Britain was unique in expecting special treatment. All the ...
Sean Greenwood, 1996
10
Prime-time Comprehension: Reading and Comprehending Using ...
... door, sit down. Now, tell me the whole story. Level A 1. What was Billy doing in this comic. 38 R.I.C. Publications® –www.ricpublications.com.au Prime-time comprehension. Comic. A. half-hearted. apology. –. 1. A half-hearted apology ( Comic)
Lee-Ann Holmes, 2011

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HALF-HEARTED»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term half-hearted is used in the context of the following news items.
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Carl Froch retires: The Cobra leaves his mark as a true champion …
Yesterday morning, after six months of half-hearted negotiations for a couple of dubious ring returns, he finally announced his retirement. «The Independent, Jul 15»
2
Prototype Biohazard Bundle Quietly Releases On Xbox One …
I mean, I get it, there's definitely some value, but it just feels like a half-hearted test in advance of their COD remasters they keep hinting at. «Game Informer, Jul 15»
3
Everything You Learn Fixing A $300 Craiglist Bike From Hell
After a half-hearted attempt at rebuilding them, I sent them out to a guy on a forum. He rebuilt them, sent them back, and I installed them. «Jalopnik, Jul 15»
4
Clinton backs Iran nuclear agreement as 'important step' | National …
Earlier this month Clinton called the Bush administration's response through diplomacy "somewhat half-hearted" that left punitive sanctions on ... «Yakima Herald-Republic, Jul 15»
5
Indian Motorcycles Return to Bonneville: The Black Bullet Scout by …
Several companies made half-hearted attempts to recreate Indian in the past, but somehow they all missed the essence of Indian, and most did ... «Forbes, Jul 15»
6
Acocks Green's Avalon Hotel plans described as 'recipe for disaster …
As a hotel it could be run quite efficiently, but what we have here is a half-hearted approach which will make it a suitable for people living here.”. «Birmingham Mail, Jul 15»
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Why Australian coach Darren Lehmann has a plenty of positives …
Second ball Starc, whether intentionally or not, angles across Root who, waiting for the swing in, plays a half-hearted drive and edges it behind. «Economic Times, Jul 15»
8
Sacramento Kings: It's Now Or Never For George Karl And …
Thanks to one awkward, probably half-hearted handshake. If DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl are going to work through things this season, ... «Sir Charles In Charge, Jul 15»
9
Future on Releasing Free Mixtapes: "I Was in a Show and Prove …
Rather than give his fans a half-hearted project, he believes in giving them a full body of work—regardless if it was free or for sale. After the ... «BET, Jul 15»
10
Batman: Arkham Knight Getting 1989 Batmobile Skin - Game Rant
At least we haven't been given a half-hearted apology from Warner Bros., after it knew about the PC version's nasty issues for months. Batman: Arkham Knight is ... «Game Rant, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Half-Hearted [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/half-hearted>. Jul 2020 ».
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