\ 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 evening (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 evenness (audio) \ noun


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for even

Synonyms: Adjective

exact, flat, precise, round

Synonyms: Adverb

indeed, nay, truly, verily, yea

Synonyms: Verb

flatten, level, plane, smooth, smoothen

Antonyms: Verb

rough, roughen

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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


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


the blue whale is a huge, even awesome animal by any measure I will love you even to the end of time.


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

Loisaba's 57,000 acres of wilderness await exploration, either by camelback, bush walking, horseback, safari vehicle or even mountain bike. Mary Ann Anderson, Dallas News, "Kenya's star beds offer a feast for the senses," 2 July 2019 Only licensed pest control operators should attempt the job—though even professionals might balk at the prospect of tackling an oversized hub of angry wasps, Ray says. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Alabamians, Beware the Wasp ‘Super Nest’," 1 July 2019 But in this case, some of the asylum seekers have to wait for August, September and even November court dates. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Migrants returned to Mexico describe “impossible situation”," 1 July 2019 The idea is to have everyone start on a somewhat even footing and hope both nights produce compelling TV. Anchorage Daily News, "How to squeeze all those Democrats on the debate stage," 26 June 2019 The idea is to have everyone start on a somewhat even footing and hope both nights produce compelling TV. latimes.com, "What time is the Democratic presidential debate? Who gets to be on stage?," 25 June 2019 The latter funding puts SpaceX on an even playing field with companies that won Phase 1 awards for development of their launch systems. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Falcon Heavy ready to fly, Stratolaunch plane put up for sale," 21 June 2019 No one escapes it, and while what burned that day can't ever be replaced, the Sowders learned a valuable lesson about life that not even fire can erode. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds help Harrison baseball coach Shawn Sowders after a devastating house fire," 4 July 2018 For instance, the hidden layer of our three-layer network could very well develop nodes that are sensitive to even numbers, odd numbers, numbers less than 4, numbers greater than or equal to 4 and so on. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘How to Win at Deep Learning’," 3 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The move is part of Chief Executive Officer Dan Schulman’s effort to transform PayPal from a payments button on websites into a versatile financial tool for everyday use, even in brick-and-mortar stores. Fortune, "Venezuela Offers $5 Million to Aid Harvey Victims Via Citgo," 31 Aug. 2017 Even with our world's recent surge towards promoting self-love and self-acceptance, posting a selfie on Instagram can still feel like a high-wire act. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Gabrielle Union Just Celebrated Her Freckled Skin With a No-Makeup Selfie," 30 Aug. 2017 Even at night the heat is smothering, and a halo of bugs swirls around headlamps as the team motorboats down waterways or stalks the animals from shore. Mitch Leslie, Science | AAAS, "Something is changing the sex of Costa Rican crocodiles," 30 Aug. 2017 As a practical matter, the only way state Democratic parties can get rid of closed primaries without the cooperation of state governments is to adopt even-less-democratic caucuses, where small elites really do call the shots. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Vote-Rigging Suit Against DNC Dropped, Mostly Because The DNC Can’t Rig Much of Anything," 30 Aug. 2017 But the comments tell another story with people attacking the parents' decision and even all tattoos in general. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Woman Arrested for Letting 12-Year-Old Daughter Get A Tattoo," 30 Aug. 2017 Risky or even thoughtless behavior could land you in the ER. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Wednesday Weather: A break from the smoke for today; cloudy and cooler," 30 Aug. 2017 Even on a stressful day, they are guaranteed to put a smile on my face within seconds. Michael Benninger, Pacific San Diego Magazine, "Meet your bartender: Zack Ball," 29 Aug. 2017 Even though Florida enjoyed record visitor arrivals during the first half of 2017, tourism professionals know the job of attracting new and repeat visitors is an ongoing effort. Arlene Satchell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Hollywood's Diplomat resort hosts Florida Governor's Conference on Tourism Tuesday," 29 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the wake of a second Supreme Court decision last week that gave a green light to even the most extreme partisan gerrymandering, the question of how the census counts heads — and whose heads get counted — has become even more crucial. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Trump Considering an Executive Order to Allow Citizenship Question on Census," 5 July 2019 The 16-year-old girl’s grandmother had been communicating with her on social media, the sheriff’s office said, and Wednesday evening the woman called a Skamania County deputy with information that the girl was at a library in Graham, Washington. oregonlive.com, "Tacoma man charged with kidnapping, rape after using social media to meet 2 girls," 5 July 2019 Marquez’s throwing error on a pickoff set up Alex Bregman’s sacrifice RBI in the first inning before consecutive two-out doubles by Nolan Arenado and David Dahl evened the game. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Astros outslug Rockies in series opener as German Marquez falters, bullpen blows late lead," 2 July 2019 But Spain didn't let up, evening the score less than three minutes later. Thom Craver, CBS News, "Team USA defeats Spain 2-1 in Women's World Cup match; to face France in quarterfinals," 24 June 2019 Because this is how football works when everything evens out. Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Freshman Chris Hinton a natural defensive tackle," 19 June 2019 The receiver made an abundance of plays that impressed everyone from scouts, to even his own future teammates. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Richard Sherman gives high praise to Ohio State football commit Gee Scott Jr.: Buckeyes recruiting," 18 June 2019 After narrowing the gap in the sixth, the Pirates finally managed to tie the game in the seventh after a triple by Melky Cabrera drove in Bryan Reynolds to even the score, 4-4. Christian Simmons, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins blow two-run lead to drop three-game series with Pirates," 16 June 2019 Down 3-1 to Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals, the Warriors won Game 5 and then evened the series when Thompson put on a dazzling shooting display (11-for-18 from beyond the arc) to score 41 points in Game 6. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Klay Thompson ready, eager to return to action in Game 4," 6 June 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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