\ 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 Under the national settlement, about 82,000 claimants would be eligible to receive a payment of roughly $10,000, assuming an even distribution among survivors. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 10 July 2021 That assumes an even distribution among survivors and does not reflect issues related to statutes of limitations or specific acts of abuse. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 It's filled with medical-grade glass beads, as opposed to the plastic pellets often found in other blankets, that allow for an even distribution of weight with less shifting. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Feb. 2021 Matterport SPAC will provide capital to accelerate the company’s international expansion and SaaS tech/hosting, and will become a platform for even competitors’ scans. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 7 July 2021 The Stars ranked dead-last among those nine teams with 72 even-strength goals from their top-nine, including just 12 total from Andrew Cogliano, Faksa and Comeau. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 But there’s an even starker split along the U.S.-Mexico border. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021 The vote cast in the U.S. Senate to avoid even debate on voting reform showers shame on Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman as well as on all Arkansans. Arkansas Online, 24 June 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend vaccination for even people who’d been infected with the coronavirus and recovered, because research shows vaccination significantly boosts waning natural immunity. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The incendiary language emanating from some officials and state media in China would make climbing down even more difficult, given a nationalistic mood at home. BostonGlobe.com, 21 July 2021 The Bucks must defend the 3 better as the Suns likely will look to shoot even more of them in Game 6. The Arizona Republic, 21 July 2021 The differences are even more striking on whether systemic change is needed. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 20 July 2021 Having honest conversations with a potential partner has always been important, but the pandemic made such talks even more essential. Washington Post, 20 July 2021 Washington While your editorial accurately sets forth adverse economic consequences of imposing protectionist burdens in the guise of addressing climate change, several others are even more severe. WSJ, 20 July 2021 If looking for even more chill, take a trip to Icebar Orlando, an International Drive venue featuring 70 tons of carved ice and temperatures below freezing, at least in part of the bar. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 20 July 2021 Every year in August, the night sky grows even more wondrous when the Perseid meteor shower takes place. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 Dropbox said Tuesday that the company has beefed up its password management mechanisms even more, while bringing photo upload capabilities into its basic tier. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Usually, swings in gas prices tend to even out, but not this time. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 8 July 2021 Microdermabrasion helps to even out skin tones and texture and diminishes the appearance of acne scars and hyperpigmentation, according to Giselle’s Beauty & Wellness website. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2021 Stassie applies several small dots of it across her face (just enough to even out her skin tone) before blending it in with a Morphe x Ariel face brush. Allure, 1 July 2021 Paul George and his teammates have come alive since arriving back in Los Angeles and have a chance to even up this series tonight with a win in Game 4. oregonlive, 27 June 2021 LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers try to even up their NBA Western Conference playoff series with the Phoenix Suns on on Tuesday, May 25. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 25 May 2021 Also, the new gas plants would operate only sporadically to even out renewable power production, not almost continuously like the planned Becker plant, thus emitting far fewer greenhouse gases. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 Next, use a teak brightener to even out and enhance the color — wood often turns dull over time if it’s not properly cared for. Caylin Harris, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2021 The Bucks try to even their Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series in Brooklyn. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 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 30 Jul. 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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