\ 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 The 10 percent vegan lactic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that works to slough away dead skin cells for a brighter, more even complexion. Stephanie Perry, Southern Living, 18 May 2021 Hillstead said his even-keel nature comes from experiencing a family tragedy several years ago, which taught him how to approach situations differently. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 May 2021 That being said, enamel can help with a more even distribution of heat, says Liheng Cai, Green’s collaborator on a science of cooking class and an assistant professor of materials science, chemical and biomedical engineering. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2021 This means a more even distribution of domestic and child-raising responsibilities among men and women, so that women aren’t burning the candle at both ends. Manon Defelice, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 Thirty-inch barrels have a bore diameter of .735, which is happy medium for shotguns, and means a wider variety of aftermarket chokes can deliver more even patterns. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 21 Jan. 2021 Ceramic coils, meanwhile, result in more even heat distribution than their metal counterparts. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, 20 Jan. 2021 Transfer the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread out in an even layer. Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Add chicken and sliced carrots in an even layer, and cook 3- 4 minutes without stirring, or until well browned. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 12 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb First, only a fraction of the DNA saved by the doctor had been tested, which not even the doctor knew. ProPublica, 3 June 2021 That resurrects a question frequently asked in This Space: Why can’t today’s pitchers even conceive of this? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 3 June 2021 In its aftermath, Disney discussed shrinking the budgets for future projects and even closing down the animation studio. Gia Yetikyel, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Ty Majeski won last year for the second time in three years and has to be considered the clear early favorite before the entry list even comes out. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 June 2021 Eventually, though, even the children who received the placebo will get a chance to take the vaccine. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 3 June 2021 For example, the RPO (run-pass option) concepts the Eagles made famous with Wentz have always been a part of the Indianapolis playbook, even if Rivers didn't offer the same sort of running ability. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2021 Estimates of how common a white deer is vary, with one naturalist estimating that they are born once in about 20,000 births and some saying the chances of occurring are even rarer, 1 in 100,000. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 3 June 2021 Lindenmuth and Morina held about half the business each, never wavering by even a tenth of a percentage point. New York Times, 2 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2015, his restaurants had done away with tipping, in an attempt to even out the pay disparity between servers and kitchen staff. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 29 May 2021 Arrieta expects over the course of the season for everything to even out for the rotation. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 15 May 2021 While more face time will likely always mean more influence, teams can adopt practices to even out the impact. Dana Brownlee, Forbes, 5 May 2021 The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it. Greg Beacham, ajc, 26 Apr. 2021 The Padres then strung together four singles in the ninth to even it. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, 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, 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, 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, 22 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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“Even.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/even. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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