\ ˈē-vən How to pronounce even (audio) \

Definition of even

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : having a horizontal surface : flat even ground
b : being without break, indentation, or irregularity : smooth
c : being in the same plane or line
2a : free from variation : uniform his disposition was even
3a : 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
4a : being any of the integers (such 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 : exact, precise an even dollar
6 : as likely as not : fifty-fifty an even chance of winning
on an even keel or less commonly on even keel
: in a sound or stable condition



Definition of even (Entry 2 of 4)

1a used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance so simple even a child can do it
b used as an intensive to stress the comparative degree she did even better
c used as an intensive to indicate a small or minimum amount didn't even try
d used as an intensive to emphasize the identity or character of something forgot his car keys and even left the engine running
2a : to a degree that extends : fully, quite faithful even unto death
b : at the very time raining even as the sun came out


evened; evening\ ˈēv-​niŋ How to pronounce even (audio) , ˈē-​və-​ \

Definition of even (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make even

intransitive verb

: to become even



Definition of even (Entry 4 of 4)


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Other Words from even


evenly adverb
evenness \ ˈē-​vən-​nəs How to pronounce even (audio) \ noun


evener \ ˈēv-​nər How to pronounce even (audio) , ˈē-​və-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for even

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Examples of even in a Sentence

Adjective We finally reached even ground after the long climb. They slowed down and waited for him to draw even. She spoke with a calm, even voice. the even beat of the drum Adverb the blue whale is a huge, even awesome animal by any measure I will love you even to the end of time. Verb even the filling before adding the top layer of the cake the contention that producing more arms will even us with the enemy and therefore make us more secure
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Spread the eggs in an even layer, then cover, remove from the heat, and let stand until the omelet is set, about 5 minutes. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Goat cheese gives a tangy boost to omelets, pasta, and salad," 4 May 2021 Press the sugar mixture onto the tops of the pork pieces in an even layer, then return the pork to the skillet, sugar side up. BostonGlobe.com, "Oranges shine in savory recipes, including chicken and stir-fried beef," 20 Apr. 2021 Toss the breadcrumbs with the olive oil and spread on the baking sheet in an even layer. Star Tribune, "Sunday supper: Crab Linguine With Herbed Bread Crumbs," 9 Apr. 2021 Apply an even layer to the board, a little less on top of the dough and a light dusting on your hands when shaping, reapplying as needed. Washington Post, "Chewy, sticky black sesame and coconut mochi are a joy to make and a treat to eat," 7 Apr. 2021 Distribute the bread in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet; reserve the bowl. BostonGlobe.com, "Make-ahead recipes for Easter brunch," 24 Mar. 2021 In New Jersey, the even-day average has been worse than the 14-day average since March 11. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "New Yorkers Age 30 and Up Can Get Covid-19 Vaccines Starting Tuesday," 30 Mar. 2021 Use twine attached to the trunk of a tree to provide a guide in order to create an even circle around the trunk — the longer the length of twine, the bigger the tree ring will be, so adjust according to your needs. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Start off gardening season reworking bed edges with help from a garden hose, rope or spade," 27 Mar. 2021 Hulu’s library gives you access to popular shows, such as The Bachelor, The Handmaiden's Tale and even movies such as Dead Poets Society, Footloose and more. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "Disney+ too pricey? Check out the deals on these other streaming services," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Williams and Thompson, along with Grant Williams in stretches, should be enough to provide resistance to Adebayo, whose numbers this season are even better than his All-Star season in 2019-20. BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics face ultimate temperature check in pair of home games with Miami Heat," 9 May 2021 Social-media platforms were boiling with excitement that Musk’s SNL appearance would boost its value even more. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Elon Musk’s SNL Jokes Obscured," 9 May 2021 Criticism has mounted over lack of security and growing fears of even more violence as the U.S. and NATO complete their final military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Fox News, "Afghanistan girls school bombing death toll soars to 50," 9 May 2021 Refineries have even more valves and sensors than big pipelines, and there are about 135 of those across the country. David Uberti, WSJ, "U.S. Pipeline Shutdown Exposes Cyber Threat to Energy Sector," 9 May 2021 To a time when some of civilization's greatest monuments were as pristine as the day of their ribbon-cutting ceremonies and when— even better—you'd be the only visitor, with nary a selfie stick or souvenir vendor in sight. Holly Monahan, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Visit Ancient Pompeii, Rome, and Athens on This Time-traveling Virtual Tour," 8 May 2021 Will Book be the start of a cycle that builds even better quarterbacks at Notre Dame? Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame needs to use Ian Book's success to start cycle of better quarterback play," 8 May 2021 The conversations were dynamic but the connections made between companies were even better. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "15 Smart Actions To Jumpstart Sales," 7 May 2021 Statewide, 90% of residents have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and some facilities have even better numbers. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Ballpark bargain, beef passports, concerts for the vaccinated: News from around our 50 states," 7 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While more face time will likely always mean more influence, teams can adopt practices to even out the impact. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, "Hybrid Teams Sound Great, But Beware Of These 4 Dangerous Communications Pitfalls," 5 May 2021 The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it. Greg Beacham, ajc, "Padres rally from late 6-run deficit, beat Dodgers 8-7 in 11," 26 Apr. 2021 The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Padres rally from late 6-run deficit, beat Dodgers 8-7 in 11," 25 Apr. 2021 These games happen in a random sport like hockey, and things usually tend to even out across a full season. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Jamie Benn nets game-winning OT goal as Stars outlast brilliance of Detroit’s Jonathan Bernier," 24 Apr. 2021 But Barlow answered in the second half, capping a pair of methodical drives with short touchdown runs by Jake Fay and Carter Baggs to even it up at 12-12 early in the fourth quarter. oregonlive, "Barlow rallies for last-minute win over Jefferson, 26-18," 13 Mar. 2021 To try to even out the disparate heat between the edges and center of foods baked in glass, try dropping the oven temperature by 25 degrees and baking longer. Washington Post, "Metal or glass for baking? Let’s clear a few things up.," 22 Mar. 2021 Things began to even out during the year’s second half. Milton Ezrati, Forbes, "States And Cities Make A Financial Killing," 11 Mar. 2021 But like coal, gas can provide steady electricity, helping to even out the variability of solar and wind power. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, "Xcel, environmentalists square off over planned gas-fired power plant," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of even


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2c


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for even


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


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


Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen

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English Language Learners Definition of even

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a flat, smooth, or level surface
: not having breaks or bumps
: located next to someone or something else



English Language Learners Definition of even (Entry 2 of 3)

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



English Language Learners Definition of even (Entry 3 of 3)

: to make (something) equal


\ ˈē-vən How to pronounce even (audio) \

Kids Definition of even

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : having a flat, smooth, or level surface even ground
2 : being on the same line or level Water is even with the rim of a glass.
3 : staying the same over a period of time even breathing
4 : equal in size, number, or amount The bread was cut in even slices.
5 : not giving an advantage to one side : fair an even trade
6 : able to be divided by two into two equal whole numbers Fourteen is even, but fifteen is odd.

Other Words from even

evenly adverb
evenness noun



Kids Definition of even (Entry 2 of 3)

1 used to stress a highly unlikely condition or instance even his mustache looked more cheerful.— Lloyd Alexander, Time Cat
2 : to a greater extent or degree : still even better
3 : so much as She didn't even offer to help.
4 : indeed We were willing, even eager, to help.
5 : at the very time It's happening even as we speak.


evened; evening

Kids Definition of even (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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