even

adjective
\ 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

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 How to pronounce evening (audio) , 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 How to pronounce evenness (audio) \ noun

Verb

evener \ ˈēv-​nər How to pronounce evener (audio) , 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

Every game Kevin Durant spends in the tunnel is a gift for Lowry and Co., another night on an even playing field. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Kyle Lowry and the Factors That Allowed His Return to Form," 7 June 2019 As the seedlings develop, gradually apply mulch to maintain an even moisture level and reduce weed problems. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need To Know To Grow Beautiful Carrots," 30 Aug. 2017 The even spread method is when the bulbs are spread out every 3-6 inches, and sprinkling is when bulbs are placed between existing plants as fillers to create an even fuller garden. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines’s Garden Is Exploding with 12,000 Flowers," 22 Mar. 2019 The cash deluge helped Democratic heartthrob Beto O’Rourke make even Texas competitive. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Democrats’ Cash Tsunami," 8 Nov. 2018 The second half was an even display from the teams, with Cincinnati coming close to stealing the win multiple times late in 90 minutes. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati, Nashville SC play to scoreless tie in first-ever meeting," 7 July 2018 The 23-year-old could well become a free agent in the next few weeks (or even days) and Silva is expected to make a move for him. SI.com, "Everton Chase Sporting Wantaway Gelson Martins & Ajax Youngster Matthijs De Ligt," 19 June 2018 Spread an even layer of glaze on éclair tops and let stand until dry to the touch, about 15 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Coconut Cream Éclairs," 7 Mar. 2019 Try to exert an even amount of pressure as the food feeds through the tubes to achieve uniform results and only feed through while the processor is in operation. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The 7 Best Food Processors to Buy, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts," 1 Feb. 2019

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

What’s more, over a sufficient span of time (20 years, say), the karmic balance evened out. Mark Mravic, SI.com, "The NFL Should Get Rid of Replay Reviews Entirely," 7 June 2019 But two batters later, Robertson surrendered a two-run home to Jose Ramirez that evened the score, 5-5. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Yankees Win a Wild One Against the Indians After a Bullpen Meltdown," 4 May 2018 In Game 4 Sunday, a 104-102 Bucks victory at the BMO Harris Bradley Center that evened the series at 2-2, Maker blocked five shots, altered several others and scored eight points. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Bucks' Thon Maker impacts series with high-octane minutes," 22 Apr. 2018 But Sweden is in more dire need of a result, which should even things up a bit. Andrew Keh And James Wagner, New York Times, "Mexico Loses to Sweden. Mexico Advances. Celebrate?," 28 June 2018 The latest playoff strike came in Game 2 as the Caps evened the series with the franchise's first Stanley Cup Final victory (3-2) on Wednesday. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Alex Ovechkin's shots have Capitals in Stanley Cup Final. And I know what it's like to face them," 31 May 2018 Dennis Cholowski scored his second goal of the game on a wrap-around shot to even things up at 3-3 with only a few minutes remaining in the period. Tim Brown, OregonLive.com, "Portland Winterhawks suffer overtime loss to Spokane in Game 1 of WHL Playoffs," 25 Mar. 2018 That said, office life can present a challenge to even the most robust immune systems. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "These 7 Things at Your Office Are Especially Germy," 22 Feb. 2019 The pressure paid off when Zacha evened the score at 3:31 on a sensational setup by Jesper Bratt. Mike Farrell, The Seattle Times, "Toffoli scores 2 early in 3rd period, Kings beat Devils 5-1," 5 Feb. 2019

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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 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

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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