even

adjective
\ ˈē-vən \

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

even

adverb

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

even

verb
evened; evening\ ˈēv-​niŋ , ˈē-​və-​ \

Definition of even (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

: to make even

intransitive verb

: to become even

even

noun

Definition of even (Entry 4 of 4)

archaic

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Other Words from even

Adjective

evenly adverb
evenness \ ˈē-​vən-​nəs \ noun

Verb

evener \ ˈēv-​nər , 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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Adjective

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

Now, the blended family is six-strong, with an even number of boys and girls. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Here's Your First Look at Christina El Moussa's Wedding Ring," 2 Jan. 2019 The dense remains of exploded, titanic stars — currently known as neutron stars — could be made of this stuff, begging an even cooler nomenclature: strange stars. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Since 2012, the Open Homes Program has responded to more than 250 disasters to help evacuees, relief workers, and eventually even refugees. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Airbnb Offers Free Accommodations For Emergency Workers And Evacuees Fleeing Hurricane Florence," 13 Sep. 2018 This summer melt intervention is yet another example of the small nudges that can help disadvantaged students get on an even playing field with everyone else. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Why so many poor kids who get into college don’t end up enrolling," 3 Aug. 2018 To me, golf means there is more of an even playing field and offers a chance to connect with people, colleagues and bosses outside the office. Kpmg, USA TODAY, "Empowering the next wave female leaders," 29 June 2018 Finishing the Tart Set pastry cream in an even layer over banana layer. Bethany Jean Clement, The Seattle Times, "How to make the best banana cream pie ever," 4 Dec. 2018 On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini with 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; arrange in an even layer and roast 6 minutes. Redbook Test Kitchen, Redbook, "Roasted Shrimp Scampi," 20 Aug. 2018 By day’s end, with even Polish legal experts admitting utter confusion about where things stood, crowds once again gathered in front of the Supreme Court. Marc Santora, New York Times, "Poland’s Supreme Court in Disarray After Judges Defy Purge," 4 July 2018

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 fact, the Rockets will have a chance to even the series up in Game 4 on Tuesday. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Memes go in on Rockets after embarrassing Game 3 loss," 21 May 2018 After an inspiring rally by the Oilers evened the match at a set apiece, the Sailors seized control and did not relinquish it. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Newport Harbor boys' volleyball throws block party at Huntington Beach," 24 Mar. 2018 As Johnson was evening the match with a 6-1 second-set triumph, Grier dipped the biplane low over the crowd so that Saxe, leaning out an open cockpit door, could get an ideal view. Frank Fitzpatrick, Philly.com, "Bill Tilden and the fateful day that launched a legend | Frank's Place," 2 Mar. 2018 Using this has really evened out my skin tone markedly. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Debra Messing Walks Us Through Her Nighttime Skincare Routine," 16 Oct. 2018 Taking into account all the destinations served, that evens out to an average increase of around 2,200 daily seats available to travelers looking to get directly to the stadiums from some of United's hubs. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "United Is Adding Flights Just for College Football Season," 29 Aug. 2018 The almost-foundation promises a dewy glow that evens out the skin without coating it. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Glossier Is Changing Its Fan-Favorite Foundation," 7 June 2018 The storm crossed the 74 miles-per-hour threshold from tropical storm to hurricane Sunday morning, and by evening its winds were up to 85 mph. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Florence forecast to become 'major hurricane,' moving towards southeastern US," 2 Oct. 2018 Croatia evened the match in the second half, then scored in extra time. Jason Gay, WSJ, "A Night on the Verge in London," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of even

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Verb

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

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for even

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Noun

Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen

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even

adjective

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

even

adverb

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

even

verb

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

: to make (something) equal

even

adjective
\ ˈē-vən \

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

even

adverb

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.

even

verb
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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