even now/then

idiom

Definition of even now/then

1 used to stress that something is or was happening at a particular time
  • They are even now preparing for his arrival.
  • Enemy troops were even then approaching the city.
2 used to stress that something (such as a person's attitude or behavior) was or is very surprising and unexpected
  • We showed her the proof, but even then, she wouldn't admit she was wrong.
  • Despite all that went wrong, he insists even now that he would do it again.

Word by Word Definitions

even play
  1. : having a horizontal surface : flat

  2. : being without break, indentation, or irregularity : smooth

  3. : being in the same plane or line

  1. used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance

  2. used as an intensive to stress the comparative degree

  3. used as an intensive to indicate a small or minimum amount

  1. : to make even

  2. : to become even

  1. : evening

now play
  1. : at the present time or moment

  2. : in the time immediately before the present

  3. : in the time immediately to follow : forthwith

  1. : in view of the fact that : since

  1. : the present time or moment

  1. : of or relating to the present time : existing

  2. : excitingly new

  3. : constantly aware of what is new

then play
  1. : at that time

  2. : soon after that : next in order of time

  3. : following next after in order of position, narration, or enumeration : being next in a series

  1. : that time

  1. : existing or acting at or belonging to the time mentioned


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