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even1

[ee-vuh n] /ˈi vən/
adjective
1.
level; flat; without surface irregularities; smooth:
an even road.
2.
on the same level; in the same plane or line; parallel:
even with the ground.
3.
free from variations or fluctuations; regular:
even motion.
4.
uniform in action, character, or quality:
to hold an even course.
5.
equal in measure or quantity:
Add even amounts of oil and vinegar.
6.
divisible by two, as a number (opposed to odd).
7.
denoted by such a number:
the even pages of a book.
8.
exactly expressible in integers, or in tens, hundreds, etc., without fractional parts:
an even seven miles.
9.
Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that remains the same when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
10.
equally balanced or divided; equal:
Check to see if the scales are even.
11.
leaving no balance of debt on either side; square:
We will not be even until I can repay him for saving my life.
12.
calm; placid; not easily excited or angered:
an even temper.
13.
equitable, impartial, or fair:
an even bargain.
adverb
14.
evenly:
The road ran even over the fields.
15.
still; yet (used to emphasize a comparative):
even more suitable.
16.
(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.
17.
just (used to emphasize occurrence, coincidence, or simultaneousness of occurrences):
Even as he lay dying, they argued over his estate.
18.
fully or quite:
even to death.
19.
indeed (used as an intensive for stressing the identity or truth of something):
He is willing, even eager, to do it.
20.
exactly or precisely:
It was even so.
verb (used with object)
21.
to make even; level; smooth (sometimes followed by out):
to even a board with a plane.
22.
to place in an even state as to claim or obligation; balance (often followed by up):
to even up accounts.
verb (used without object)
23.
to become even:
The odds evened before the race.
Verb phrases
24.
even out,
  1. to make or become even, smooth, or flat:
    The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
  2. to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.:
    optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.
Idioms
25.
break even, to have one's profits equal one's losses; neither gain nor lose:
The company barely broke even last year.
26.
get even, to be revenged; retaliate:
He vowed to get even for the insult.
Origin
900
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.
Related forms
evener, noun
evenly, adverb
evenness, noun
Synonyms
1. plane. See level. 12. tranquil, temperate, composed, peaceful. 13. just.
Antonyms
1. irregular. 12. mercurial. 13. biased.

even2

[ee-vuh n] /ˈi vən/
noun, Archaic.
1.
evening; eve.
Origin
before 950; Middle English; Old English ǣfen; akin to German Abend, Old Frisian ēvend. See evening

Even

[ey-wuh n, ev-uh n] /ˈeɪ wən, ˈɛv ən/
noun, plural Evens (especially collectively) Even for 1.
1.
a member of a Siberian people living mainly in the Yakut Autonomous Republic in the Russian Federation.
2.
the Tungusic language spoken by the Even.
Also called Lamut.
Origin
< Russian ėvén < Evenki əwən
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Examples for even
  • 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 worlds.
  • Scans have shown that much of the brain is engaged even during simple tasks.
  • even being trampled by kids or dogs or run over by a lawnmower doesn't faze them for long.
  • It'll protect you from injuries, monitor your vitals and even harvest your energy.
  • Tournament play after a long layoff is not easy, even for elite players.
  • But that same instinct can bleed over even when we're doing formal academic research.
  • Yet factors unconnected to resources have been equally or even more important.
British Dictionary definitions for even

even1

/ˈiːvən/
adjective
1.
level and regular; flat an even surface
2.
(postpositive) foll by with. 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.
  1. (of a number) divisible by two
  2. characterized or indicated by such a number maps are on the even pages Compare odd (sense 4)
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) (of a function) unchanged in value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y = z² See odd (sense 8)
14.
even money
  1. a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
  2. (as modifier) the even-money favourite
15.
(informal) get even, to exact revenge (on); settle accounts (with)
16.
(law, formal or obsolete) of even date, of the same or today's date
adverb
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
verb
26.
to make or become even
Derived Forms
evener, noun
evenly, adverb
evenness, noun
Word Origin
Old English efen; related to Old Norse jafn even, equal, Gothic ibns, Old High German eban

even2

/ˈiːvən/
noun
1.
an archaic word for eve, evening
Word Origin
Old English ǣfen; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband
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Word Origin and History for even
even
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 in Science
even
  (ē'vən)   
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Slang definitions & phrases for even

even

adjective

On the same footing: When you hit me we'll be even (1637+)

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get even


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