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noun \ˈē-vən\

Definition of even


  1. :  evening

Origin of even

Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of even

  • : having a flat, smooth, or level surface

  • : not having breaks or bumps

  • : located next to someone or something else

Full Definition of even

  1. 1 a :  having a horizontal surface :  flat <even ground> b :  being without break, indentation, or irregularity :  smooth c :  being in the same plane or line

  2. 2 a :  free from variation :  uniform <his disposition was even> b :  level 4

  3. 3 a :  equal, fair <an even exchange> b (1) :  leaving nothing due on either side :  square <we will not be even until you repay my visit> (2) :  fully revenged c :  being in equilibrium :  balanced; specifically :  showing neither profit nor loss d obsolete :  candid

  4. 4 a :  being any of the integers (as −2, 0, and +2) that are divisible by two without leaving a remainder b :  marked by an even number c :  being a mathematical function such that f(x) = f(−x) where the value remains unchanged if the sign of the independent variable is reversed

  5. 5 :  exact, precise <an even dollar>

  6. 6 :  as likely as not :  fifty-fifty <an even chance of winning>

even·ly adverb
even·ness play \-vən-nəs\ noun
on an even keel also on even keel
  1. :  in a sound or stable condition

Examples of even

  1. We finally reached even ground after the long climb.

  2. They slowed down and waited for him to draw even.

  3. She spoke with a calm, even voice.

  4. the even beat of the drum

Origin of even

Middle English, from Old English efen; akin to Old High German eban even

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of even

level, flat, plane, even, smooth mean having a surface without bends, curves, or irregularities. level applies to a horizontal surface that lies on a line parallel with the horizon <the vast prairies are nearly level>. flat applies to a surface devoid of noticeable curvatures, prominences, or depressions <the work surface must be flat>. plane applies to any real or imaginary flat surface in which a straight line between any two points on it lies wholly within that surface <the plane sides of a crystal>. even applies to a surface that is noticeably flat or level or to a line that is observably straight <trim the hedge so it is even>. smooth applies especially to a polished surface free of irregularities <a smooth skating rink>.

steady, even, equable mean not varying throughout a course or extent. steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement <steady progress>. even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character <an even distribution>. equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes <maintain an equable temper>.




Simple Definition of even

  • —used to stress something that is surprising or unlikely

  • —used to stress the difference between two things that are being compared

  • —used after a negative word (such as not or a contraction of not ) to stress the smallness of an amount or effort

Full Definition of even

  1. 1 a :  exactly, precisely b :  to a degree that extends :  fully, quite <faithful even unto death> c :  at the very time <raining even as the sun came out>

  2. 2 a —used as an intensive to emphasize the identity or character of something <forgot his car keys and even left the engine running> b —used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance <so simple even a child can do it> c —used as an intensive to stress the comparative degree <she did even better> d —used as an intensive to indicate a small or minimum amount <didn't even try>

Examples of even

  1. <the blue whale is a huge, even awesome animal by any measure>

  2. <I will love you even to the end of time.>

Origin of even

Middle English, from Old English efne, from efen, adjective

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of even

  • : to make (something) equal

Full Definition of even

evenedeven·ing play \ˈēv-niŋ, ˈē-və-\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make even

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become even

even·er play \-nər\ noun

Examples of even

  1. <even the filling before adding the top layer of the cake>

  2. <the contention that producing more arms will even us with the enemy and therefore make us more secure>

13th Century

First Known Use of even

13th century

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February 11, 2016

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