\ 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 Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook, in an even layer, for 4 to 5 minutes, turning once or twice, until browned. Star Tribune, "Recipe: Steak, Mushroom and Poblano Fajitas," 24 Feb. 2021 On a large, rimmed baking sheet, arrange the cabbage wedges in an even layer. Washington Post, "Cabbage wedges go from side dish to dinnertime star with high heat and a hearty sauce," 21 Feb. 2021 Taro Hirose, who has two even-strength points in six games, was reassigned to the taxi squad, though that doesn’t rule out an appaearance Friday. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Filip Zadina 'so happy' to be back with ailing Detroit Red Wings. Here's why," 5 Feb. 2021 The salon version includes a hair product infusion device that can send products like shampoo, conditioners, and oils directly into the water stream, allowing for a more even distribution of product and easier rinsing. Gear Team, Wired, "CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Future," 14 Jan. 2021 The tripod can be adjusted up to a height of a little over 4 feet, and the phone holder ensures your phone stays securely in place in the center of the ring for an even distribution of light across your face. Popular Science, "Ring lights that make you look great on camera," 12 Jan. 2021 Gravity Blanket is the gold standard for its even distribution of weight and soft feel. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "20 gifts that help relieve the stress of 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Abigail Boreen opened the scoring with an even strength goal with 8 minutes, 57 seconds left in the first period. News Services, Star Tribune, "Lauren Bench stops 40 of 41 shots as Gophers top Minnesota State Mankato," 10 Dec. 2020 In testing, we were impressed with the stainless-steel roaster’s tri-ply construction, which contributed to the even heat distribution that occurred with our chicken, veggies and more. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "All-Clad cookware is up to 76% off right now for huge post-Cyber Monday savings," 3 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb By 2016, even Uighurs with passbooks could no longer leave their home towns. Ben Mauk, The New Yorker, "Inside Xinjiang’s Prison State," 27 Feb. 2021 Britain’s lockdown is one of the tightest in Europe, even though its vaccination programme is racing ahead. The Economist, "Boris Johnson manages expectations with England’s covid-19 plan," 27 Feb. 2021 Dams and other modifications of waterways can kill off native species and even hasten their replacement by invasive fish. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "One-Third of Freshwater Fish Species Are at Risk of Extinction," 27 Feb. 2021 There are easily tangible KPIs to track for marketing, including the number of inbound leads generated and, even better, how much revenue is generated from those inbound leads. Expert Panel®, Forbes, "How 14 Agency Pros Measure ROI For Their Own Marketing Activities," 26 Feb. 2021 Each one is neatly bundled but simple to unlock and even easier to hang. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Party Streamers," 26 Feb. 2021 Heck, Decluttr will even pay you for your old Legos! CNN Underscored, "The Decluttr Store offers a low cost, waste reducing way to upgrade your tech," 26 Feb. 2021 The reveal was, even for The Masked Dancer, pretty shocking. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Unmaking of American Cynicism," 26 Feb. 2021 In addition, most people know someone who came down with COVID or died from it, making many fearful of plunging back into a world that still hosts it, even though they are protected after their two shots. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "We asked our readers: How will your life change after two COVID-19 vaccine doses?," 26 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The gentle abrasives rated for teeth are safe enough to even out the surface without risking any further damage. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Scratches From Glass," 12 Feb. 2021 Some form of this provision has been permitted by the U.S. tax code for over a century to help businesses that face ups and downs to even out their taxes. Author: Douglas Macmillan, Kevin Schaul, Anchorage Daily News, "Drug companies seek billion-dollar tax deductions from opioid settlement," 12 Feb. 2021 One of the biggest problems is that Senate committees have to be rejiggered to even out the number of members from each party, and that means, as in the child’s game of musical chairs, somebody will end up without a seat. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Austin appears a lock for confirmation, as Senate votes Friday," 22 Jan. 2021 After being blown out by Ohio State and losing to Northwestern, Nebraska is now 1-2 with the chance to even its record in next Saturday's matchup against Illinois. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football winners and losers from Week 11: Penn State drops to 0-4 while Hoosiers stay hot," 14 Nov. 2020 Freedom scored a 27-0 shutout win against visiting Cypress Creek (0-7) to even its record at 2-2. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Brantley, Olympia, DP among Thursday high school football winners," 29 Oct. 2020 After starting the season by losing to the Chicago Bears 27-23 and the Green Bay Packers 42-21, the Lions will try to even their record when the New Orleans Saints visit Ford Field at noon CDT Sunday. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Detroit Lions change Kerryon Johnson’s role," 4 Oct. 2020 Meanwhile, West Virginia hopes to even its conference record after dropping the opener 27-13 to then-No. 15 Oklahoma State. Destine Gibson, Dallas News, "Baylor prediction: Will the Bears get their first-ever win at West Virginia?," 1 Oct. 2020 But the market is starting to even out for used vehicles as trade-ins resume. Tom Krisher, chicagotribune.com, "Looking for a used car? Prices have spiked, but ‘things are coming back to normal’," 14 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of even was before the 12th century

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“Even.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/even. Accessed 7 Mar. 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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