even out

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of even out

1 : to become level
  • After a long climb the ground evened out.
2 : to make (something) even and smooth
  • Let me even out the rug.
3 : to reach a balanced or middle state between extremes over a period of time
  • The economy had good periods and bad periods, but it all evened out by the end of the year.
  • Any variations will be evened out eventually.

Word by Word Definitions

even play
  1. : evening

  1. : having a horizontal surface : flat

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

  3. : being in the same plane or line

  1. : exactly, precisely

  2. : to a degree that extends : fully, quite

  3. : at the very time

  1. : to make even

  2. : to become even

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats



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