There are 3 main definitions of even in English:


Syllabification: e·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈēvən

adjective (evener, evenest)

1Flat and smooth: prepare the site, then lay an even bed of mortar
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  • St Tropez is tinted so the therapist can easily see where she is applying it and it makes for an even application.
  • This provides an even surface for pedestrians, which minimises tripping hazards.
  • In the boot, the rear wheel arches should have a clean look and an even coat of paint.
1.1In the same plane or line; level: run a file along the saw to make all of the teeth even with each other
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  • Add the potato slices in an even layer and cook gently for about 12 minutes until softened.
  • It took every speck of willpower and strength she had to force them back to an even position.
2Equal in number, amount, or value: an even gender balance among staff and students
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  • Those officers are drawn from all ranks and an even spread from all areas of the county.
  • The skeletons show an even spread of the representative population at that time.
  • In most transgenic lines, an even fluorescence signal was observed in all tissues and organs.
tied, drawn, level, all square, balanced;
informal even-steven
2.1Equally balanced: it’s not an even fight
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  • In some situations you may need to turn your plant a quarter of a turn each day to ensure an even spread of light.
  • The first half saw the sides on an even footing with good defending on both sides.
  • Then a quick break by the visitors saw them clinch the points, but the scoreline did not reflect an even game.
equal, the same, identical, like, alike, similar, comparable, parallel
2.2Having little variation in quality; regular: they traveled at an even and leisurely pace
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  • Add the olive oil in a thin stream and whisk the mixture until it forms an even consistency.
  • To his credit Cill Dara referee John Downey was well on top of every move and kept an even hand on the game.
  • Achieving an even skin tone is another protracted beauty process that many of us could do without.
2.3(Of a person’s temper or disposition) equable; calm: a man of good humor and even temper
even-tempered, balanced, stable, equable, placid, calm, composed, poised, cool, relaxed, easy, imperturbable, unexcitable, unruffled, untroubled
informal together, laid-back, unflappable
3(Of a number, such as 2, 6, or 108) divisible by two without a remainder.
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  • The oblique case of an even number had to be put into the subject position so that standard arguments could be used.
  • It is true precisely when the values for the three switches add up to an even number.
  • In the case of an even number, parts of the wave travel at all speeds less than or equal to the fundamental speed.
3.1Bearing an even number: headers can be placed on odd or even pages or both
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  • Students who enrolled at the school in even-numbered years between 1816 and 1830 had two years of Cauchy's instruction.
  • That's equivalent to labeling each card randomly with a number from 1 to 20, then collecting into piles the cards with the same number, taking care to reverse the order of even-numbered piles.
  • The lections from the Gospels go unchanged for an alternating two years but are preceded by a reading from the First Testament different in Years I and II, the odd- and even-numbered years respectively.
3.2Exactly equal to a round number; not having any fractions: the Dow Jones ended at an even 10,000


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Make or become even: [with object]: she cut the hair again to even up the ends
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  • Our busiest months used to be during the winter but now it has evened out.
  • I didn't know what to do so I just waited it out, and pretty soon the rest of my body grew into the changes and I eventually evened out.
  • They evened up their playing record in the League on Saturday when they went down to Doncaster - their sixth defeat of the season from twelve games played.
flatten, level (off/out), smooth (off/out), plane;
make uniform, make regular
equalize, make equal, balance, square;
standardize, regularize, homogenize


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1Used to emphasize something surprising or extreme: they have never even heard of the US they wore fur hats, even in summer
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  • People might not realise water can be extremely cold even on a warm summer day.
  • He surprised even some of his closest colleagues by accepting the job many regard as a poisoned chalice.
  • Our willingness to show up for this event seems to have surprised even ourselves.
1.1Used in comparisons for emphasis: he knows even less about it than I do
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  • It will not be easy, which places even greater emphasis on the world's best cricketer.
  • Notwithstanding the personal tragedy here there is now even less emphasis on the original issue.
  • In the 1960s there was an even greater shift in emphasis to viticultural research.
still, yet, more, all the more


Old English efen (adjective), efne (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch even, effen and German eben.


even as

At the very same time as: even as he spoke, their baggage was being unloaded
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  • These things combined together to give me a new sense of awkwardness, even as I left the old one behind.
  • She believes, even as she acknowledges that her belief must exist alongside disbelief.
  • There was also a single ramp, even as the kids shook it like a saltshaker, down the road.
while, whilst, as, just as, at the very time that, during the time that

an even break

informal A fair chance: suckers never get an even break
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  • What's been largely missing, though, through these pell-mell days, has been the time to rethink pat agendas rather than fit the facts around them - or the imagination to give the suckers on all sides an even break.
  • So they don't want to give a sucker an even break if they can possibly help it, because rotation potentially has massive implications on player's ability to be able to ply their trade.
  • None reaches fulfilment, for they're damned by their own mediocrity and the plain fact that a sucker never gets an even break.

even if

Despite the possibility that; no matter whether: always try everything even if it turns out to be a dud
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  • It does not matter, even if it were to be clearly established that it had gone astray in the post.
  • It is a unique gift that once given will always remain, even if the relationship ends.
  • Under the current rules it is possible to force a vote even if only one branch supports the move.
Despite the fact that: he is a great president, even if he has many enemies
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  • There will be an audience for whatever is written, even if that audience is small.
  • Therefore, even if the police cannot stop the drugs, they can try to follow the money.
  • They already have wide currency amongst campaigners even if it is not labelled as such.

even now (or then)

1Now (or then) as well as before: even now, after all these years, it upsets me
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  • But I couldn't, not for long moments, and even then I had to clear my throat and scramble up from the couch.
  • But even then the difference is likely to be small and the chances of accurately predicting it in advance are non-existent.
  • We have to wear socks, only socks, until like late December, and even then it isn't cold.
2In spite of what has (or had) happened: even then he never raised his voice to me
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  • And even then, it's likely that many questions and suspicions will remain.
  • It took him a moment to realize who she was; even then, he couldn't believe it was her.
  • Of course, even then I'm reasonably sure he'd still pick up the border states.
3At this (or that) very moment: very likely you are even now picking up the telephone to call
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  • He'd always stood straight, a lawyer's trick he'd picked up, and even now, he did so.
  • I ventured that science, research and technology are the only things which will get us out of the hole we're very likely digging even now.
  • Scotland bowlers will head indoors this weekend for what even now looks likely to be a winter of discontent.

even so

In spite of that; nevertheless: not the most exciting of places, but even so I was having a good time
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  • But even so, there is a precedent for the adoption by the far Left of fascist and anti-Semitic doctrines.
  • Those who are skilled will get ahead - but even so, skills are not enough.
  • We've had some rain this past couple of weeks but even so the earth is dry and parched still, inclined to ring like a hollow log as the hoe works.

even though

Despite the fact that: even though he was bigger, he never looked down on me

get (or be) even

informal Inflict trouble or harm on someone similar to that which they have inflicted on oneself: I’ll get even with you for this
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  • All my life I have been taught to curb the instinct to get even and that revenge only begets more revenge.
have one's revenge, avenge oneself, take vengeance, even the score, settle the score, hit back, give as good as one gets, pay someone back, repay someone, reciprocate, retaliate, take reprisals, exact retribution;
give someone their just deserts
informal give someone a taste of their own medicine, settle someone's hash
literary be revenged

of even date

Law or formal Of the same date.
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  • And that this Conveyance is subjected [sic] to and with the benefit of the provisions contained in a certain Deed of Covenant as to draining marshes of even date herewith executed by the parties hereto…
  • The applicant for planning permission was this company and we enclose a copy of our letter addressed to them of even date from which you will note that weare [sic] holding them responsible for our Principal's outlays.
  • Why can I, as of even date, enter only three rooms without breathing in to the point of faintness due to displaced furniture?

on an even keel

(Of a ship or aircraft) having the same draft forward and aft.
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  • The ship is lying on an even keel and swimming from the stern will take the diver under the lifeboat davits, past the galley and engine room doors and up the ladders to the chart room.
  • The ship went down on an even keel about 3 miles north of Corsewall Point.
  • You know when you throw mud at a wall some of it is going to stick, so it's up to me to try to get the ship back on an even keel.
(Of a person or situation) functioning normally after a period of difficulty: getting her life back on to an even keel after their breakup had been difficult
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  • It's been a difficult pregnancy fraught with scary complications but everything is back on an even keel and it's safe to start blogging again without fear of placing a hex on things.
  • I don't think he was searching for truth, but rather for a religion to provide a mechanism that would keep him on an even keel.
  • We all know what happened last month but I believe we're back on an even keel.
steady, on track, on course, untroubled



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  • To ensure the number of cars permitted was evenly proportioned, the system would rotate each week.
  • The match continued to be evenly contested after the interval and played mainly in midfield.
  • Until wealth and democracy is more evenly spread this may stay part of modern climate change, a price to be paid.


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  • Balanced sonorities and evenness of metre direct listeners on a course of undiminishing grandeur that leads naturally to calmness in repose.
  • However, our findings indicate that evenness is relatively uniform for all vegetative layers along the elevation gradient.
  • The ideal colour is defined by personal taste, but evenness and consistency go straight to the goal of unhindered reading.

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There are 3 main definitions of even in English:


Syllabification: e·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈēvən


archaic or literary
The end of the day; evening: bring it to my house this even


Old English ǣfen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch avont and German Abend.

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There are 3 main definitions of even in English:


Syllabification: E·ven
Pronunciation: /ˈāwən, ˈevən

noun (plural same)

1A member of an indigenous people of eastern Siberia.
2The language of the Even, a Tungusic language with about 6,000 speakers, closely related to Evenki.


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Relating to the Even or their language.

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