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even

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noun \ˈē-vən\

Definition of even

archaic

  1. :  evening



Origin and Etymology of even

Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen


First Known Use: before 12th century


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even

adjective

Simple Definition of even

  • : having a flat, smooth, or level surface

  • : not having breaks or bumps

  • : located next to someone or something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

evenly

adverb

evenness

play \-vən-nəs\ noun

on an even keel

also

on even keel

  1. :  in a sound or stable condition

Examples of even in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

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even

adverb

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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 in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of even

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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even

verb

Simple Definition of even

  • : to make (something) equal

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of even

evened

evening

play \ˈēv-niŋ, ˈē-və-\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make even

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become even

evener

play \-nər\ noun

Examples of even in a sentence

  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



EVEN Defined for Kids

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even

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adjective \ˈē-vən\

Definition of even for Students

  1. 1 :  having a flat, smooth, or level surface <even ground>

  2. 2 :  being on the same line or level <Water is even with the rim of a glass.>

  3. 3 :  staying the same over a period of time <even breathing>

  4. 4 :  equal in size, number, or amount <The bread was cut in even slices.>

  5. 5 :  not giving an advantage to one side :  fair <an even trade>

  6. 6 :  able to be divided by two into two equal whole numbers <Fourteen is even, but fifteen is odd.>

evenly

adverb

evenness

noun



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even

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adverb

Definition of even for Students

  1. 1 —used to stress a highly unlikely condition or instance <… even his mustache looked more cheerful. — Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat>

  2. 2 :  to a greater extent or degree :  still <even better>

  3. 3 :  so much as <She didn't even offer to help.>

  4. 4 :  indeed <We were willing, even eager, to help.>

  5. 5 :  at the very time <It's happening even as we speak.>




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even

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verb

Definition of even for Students

evened

evening

  1. :  to make or become smooth or equal <I evened out the rug.> <That point evens the score.>





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