1 [ee-vuhn]
level; flat; without surface irregularities; smooth: an even road.
on the same level; in the same plane or line; parallel: even with the ground.
free from variations or fluctuations; regular: even motion.
uniform in action, character, or quality: to hold an even course.
equal in measure or quantity: Add even amounts of oil and vinegar.
divisible by two, as a number (opposed to odd ).
denoted by such a number: the even pages of a book.
exactly expressible in integers, or in tens, hundreds, etc., without fractional parts: an even seven miles.
Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that remains the same when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
equally balanced or divided; equal: Check to see if the scales are even.
leaving no balance of debt on either side; square: We will not be even until I can repay him for saving my life.
calm; placid; not easily excited or angered: an even temper.
equitable, impartial, or fair: an even bargain.
evenly: The road ran even over the fields.
still; yet (used to emphasize a comparative): even more suitable.
(used to suggest that something mentioned as a possibility constitutes an extreme case or an unlikely instance): Even the slightest noise disturbs him. Even if he attends, he may not participate.
just (used to emphasize occurrence, coincidence, or simultaneousness of occurrences): Even as he lay dying, they argued over his estate.
fully or quite: even to death.
indeed (used as an intensive for stressing the identity or truth of something): He is willing, even eager, to do it.
exactly or precisely: It was even so.
verb (used with object)
to make even; level; smooth (sometimes followed by out ): to even a board with a plane.
to place in an even state as to claim or obligation; balance (often followed by up ): to even up accounts.
verb (used without object)
to become even: The odds evened before the race.
Verb phrases
even out,
to make or become even, smooth, or flat: The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.: optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.
break even, to have one's profits equal one's losses; neither gain nor lose: The company barely broke even last year.
get even, to be revenged; retaliate: He vowed to get even for the insult.

before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English efen; cognate with Gothic ibns, Old High German eban, Old Norse jafn even, equal; (adv.) Middle English even(e), Old English efne, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English evenen, Old English efnan to lower, derivative of the adj.

evener, noun
evenly, adverb
evenness, noun

1. plane. See level. 12. tranquil, temperate, composed, peaceful. 13. just.

1. irregular. 12. mercurial. 13. biased.
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2 [ee-vuhn]
noun Archaic.
evening; eve.

before 950; Middle English; Old English ǣfen; akin to German Abend, Old Frisian ēvend. See evening


[ey-wuhn, ev-uhn]
noun, plural Evens (especially collectively) Even for 1.
a member of a Siberian people living mainly in the Yakut Autonomous Republic in the Russian Federation.
the Tungusic language spoken by the Even.
Also called Lamut.

< Russian ėvén < Evenki əwən

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even1 (ˈiːvən)
adj (foll by with)
1.  level and regular; flat: an even surface
2.  on the same level or in the same plane (as): one surface even with another
3.  without variation or fluctuation; regular; constant: an even rate of progress
4.  not readily moved or excited; placid; calm: an even temper
5.  equally balanced between two sides: an even game
6.  equal or identical in number, quantity, etc: two even spoonfuls of sugar
7.  a.  (of a number) divisible by two
 b.  Compare odd characterized or indicated by such a number: maps are on the even pages
8.  relating to or denoting two or either of two alternatives, events, etc, that have an equal probability: an even chance of missing or catching a train
9.  having no balance of debt; neither owing nor being owed
10.  just and impartial; fair: an even division
11.  exact in number, amount, or extent: an even pound
12.  equal, as in score; level: now the teams are even
13.  maths See odd (of a function) unchanged in value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y = z²
14.  even money
 a.  a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
 b.  (as modifier): the even-money favourite
15.  informal get even to exact revenge (on); settle accounts (with)
16.  formal, obsolete or law of even date of the same or today's date
17.  (intensifier; used to suggest that the content of a statement is unexpected or paradoxical): even an idiot can do that
18.  (intensifier; used with comparative forms): this is even better
19.  notwithstanding; in spite of: even having started late she soon caught him up
20.  used to introduce a more precise version of a word, phrase, or statement: he is base, even depraved
21.  used preceding a clause of supposition or hypothesis to emphasize the implication that whether or not the condition in it is fulfilled, the statement in the main clause remains valid: even if she died he wouldn't care
22.  archaic that is to say; namely (used for emphasis): he, even he, hath spoken these things
23.  archaic all the way; fully: I love thee even unto death
24.  (conjunction) even as at the very same moment or in the very same way that: even as I spoke, it thundered
25.  even so in spite of any assertion to the contrary: nevertheless
26.  to make or become even
[Old English efen; related to Old Norse jafn even, equal, Gothic ibns, Old High German eban]

even2 (ˈiːvən)
eve an archaic word for evening
[Old English ǣfen; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. efen "level," also "equal" (as in efeneald "of the same age"), from P.Gmc. *ebnaz (cf. Ger. eben, Goth. ibns). Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Of numbers, from 1550s. Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied)
seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you," etc.) Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Related: Evenly. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Evenhanded attested from c.1600; even-tempered from 1875.
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even   (ē'vən)  Pronunciation Key 
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idioms beginning with even, also see break even; never give a sucker an even break; on an even keel.

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Example sentences
Even this fund, however, is already seen as inadequate.
But even after the camera crews left, the excitement and enthusiasm generated
  by the debate remained, and that momentum.
They even threaten private companies to fire the relatives of those who
  criticize government.
The atmospheric phenomena can be seen globally in any season-and even on other
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