\ 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)


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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Drain and spread in an even layer on a large rimmed baking sheet and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes. Colu Henry, Vogue, 26 May 2022 That will make forming a stable government quite challenging over the coming weeks and maybe even months of negotiation. Damon Linker, The Week, 27 Sep. 2021 Fukuhara started rehearsing with stunt coordinator John Koyama weeks, maybe even months in advance of the episode to drill the specific beats. Nick Romano, EW.com, 11 June 2022 As an even conductor of heat, the bowl would encourage a splendid rise. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 9 June 2022 After more than a year of steadily rising prices, many Americans are beginning to rethink their spending habits to account for even inflation. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 9 June 2022 Here are the areas with the lowest and highest prices — Median rent over the course of the past decade has risen by 31%, but increases across the city have not happened at an even rate. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, 5 June 2022 The 57-year-old pilot of the Philadelphia Phillies was fired Friday with his team floundering in the National League East standings, seven games under .500 and an even dozen behind the first-place New York Mets. Dan Schlossberg, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Residents will be assigned watering days based on their addresses: Monday and Friday for odd addresses and Thursday and Sunday for even ones. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Spreads on Royal Caribbean’s credit-default swaps have more than doubled in six months, according to FactSet, even though occupancy was still significantly capped at the end of last year. Laura Forman, WSJ, 26 June 2022 In fact, Colonel didn’t even have to go down to the casino. Chris Willman, Variety, 25 June 2022 Its brick and mortar locations are a playground of quirky styles, and the Soho store even has a secret Hermès vault filled to the ceiling with colorful Birkins. ELLE, 25 June 2022 My husband’s cousin also tragically lost her son a couple of years ago and my sister-in-law took it upon herself to post this on Facebook to let the family know before her cousin even had a chance to call them herself. cleveland, 25 June 2022 Biden has never expressed great interest in expanding the high court, even when many of his opponents in the 2020 Democratic primary for president were supportive of the reform. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 25 June 2022 Inflation is bad for the Democrats heading into the midterms even if the President, no matter who is in the White House, only has so much control of the economy. Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Even though the nearest commercial airport is about a three-hour drive away, tourism is the main industry in a town that doesn’t even have a proper stoplight; there are two flashing lights and a four-way stop. Anna Mazurek, Washington Post, 24 June 2022 That’s even though the former has a slightly larger battery than the second. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thankfully, my financial situation is starting to even out a little bit. Arit Johnstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2022 The second step in your routine is to even out the skin tone and balance the skin. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 May 2022 The formula truly just glided onto my skin and all of the ingredients just sunk in, the pigment left very sheer coverage, but enough to even out any of my dark spots. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 18 May 2022 Petitgrain heals through its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, and citrus rind is rich in antioxidants that help to even out skin tone and fight the signs of aging. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 May 2022 Jane Campion’s Power of the Dog is a slow-burn boiler that’s robed in foreboding tension, ominous to even its final scene. Deanna Janes, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 May 2022 Cal State San Marcos (3-5) meets La Sierra (3-2) with a chance to even its record before opening play in the California Collegiate Athletic Association next week against Cal State Los Angeles. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2022 Oregon State looks to even its Pac-12 record at 1-1 when the Beavers play host to No. oregonlive, 17 Jan. 2022 Pittsburgh will try to even its 2021 record before hitting its bye week when the Steelers take on the Seattle Seahawks at 7:20 p.m. CDT Sunday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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\ 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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