\ 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 The ideal number of people per district to achieve an even distribution among Congressional districts grew by 72,876 to 769,221 in total. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Sep. 2021 Yes, there is an increase in the number of cases in children as well as a higher percentage of kids being infected than would be expected if there were an even distribution. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, 23 Aug. 2021 That would help reduce the financial burden on middle-class families, in line with Mr. Xi’s goal of a more even distribution of wealth. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 The sweet spot has often been the even number of six. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The one flipped edge was therefore moved an odd number of times by the algorithm, while each of the other 11 edges was moved an even number of times. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 3 Sep. 2021 As a result, there are an even number of male and female athletes for a total of 526 rowers. Olivia Reiner, USA TODAY, 23 July 2021 The spiral galaxy captured has three arms, while most galaxies of that kind have an even number. Li Cohen, CBS News, 20 July 2021 The desperate motorist, with only 60 cents in his pocket, used a gun to try and force the attendant to sell him 60 cents worth of gas on an odd day, but his tag was an even number. Kevin Leonard, baltimoresun.com, 25 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Some of the toys on display could endanger children’s lives even in ordinary play. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 But even in his limited role, Earle has out-produced the other six wide receivers in Alabama’s 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, 12 Oct. 2021 As well as Alabama is regarded, having a two-loss, at-large team in the field - even in this crazy season - would appear unlikely. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Violence over college football — even in Alabama, a state known for its intense football fandom — is rare, Clemons said. NBC News, 12 Oct. 2021 But even in the most optimistic scenario, where global greenhouse gas emissions begin to decline today and are slashed to net zero by 2050, global temperature will still peak above the 1.5-degree threshold before falling. John Keefe And Rachel Ramirez, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 That these tensions are playing out even in Savannah attests to the magnitude of the disarray. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 The coming out of Superman, perhaps the most archetypal American superhero, is a notable moment even in an age when many comics have embraced diversity and are exploring pressing social issues. New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021 These programs can help identify climate impacts even in places where there are not enough scientists studying them. Annabelle Timsit And Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Munro talked about a woman with vitiligo, who was able to use Infinity Sun’s products to even out her complexion. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 While homes previously heating with gas might see a slight increase in the cold months, the annual bills are likely to even out because of savings from air conditioning, Rusteika said. BostonGlobe.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Nicholas tried to even out the tone of the forum by offering encouraging comments, but to no avail. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2021 Now that Simone Biles has dropped out team and individual competitions at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health, more people see what the pressure can do to even Olympic gold medalists. Tiffany Doerr Guerzon, CNN, 30 July 2021 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

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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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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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