verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM evene·ven·er, noune·ven·ly, adverbe·ven·ness, noun
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noun, plural E·vens, (especially collectively) E·ven for 1.
Origin of Even
What is a basic definition of even?
Even describes something as being flat or equal. Even is also used to intensify a statement. In math, even means a number is divisible by 2. The word even has many other senses as an adjective, adverb, and verb.
If a surface is even, it is flat or smooth. It doesn’t have any hills, bumps, or things sticking out of it. In a similar sense, even means a surface is level and doesn’t slant or slope.
- Real-life examples: An even coat of paint doesn’t have air pockets or isn’t heavier in one area (and, as a result, is a darker shade). Even skin is free of pimples, bumps, blisters, and possibly even hair.
- Used in a sentence: You need to set up the camera on even ground to get a great picture.
If two sides are even, they are equal or fairly distributed. For example, exchanging a 10-dollar bill for two 5-dollar bills is an even trade. Two basketball teams that each have five players have an even amount of players.
This sense of even is often used figuratively to refer to revenge. You might “get even” with someone by causing them a supposedly equal amount of suffering that you received earlier. However, people you get even with rarely see it as getting even.
- Real-life examples: A soccer match ending with a 1–1 score means the two teams have an even score. If you borrow $10 from someone, you need to pay them $10 back in order to be even with them. If you put even amounts of weight on two sides of a scale, you are putting the exact same amount on each side.
- Used in a sentence: Everybody got an even number of pizza slices to eat.
As an adverb, even is used as an intensifier. This sense of even is very versatile, indicating something is very unlikely, an extreme case, or a surprising comparison.
- Used in a sentence: Even my three-year-old daughter draws better than I do.
Even numbers can be divided by 2 without leaving a remainder or resulting in a decimal.
- Real-life examples: 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 are even numbers. 17 is not an even number because 17 divided by 2 equals 8.5 (or 8 with a remainder of 1).
- Used in a sentence: Somehow, I never have an even number of socks and always end up with a single sock sitting by itself in the drawer.
Where does even come from?
The first records of even come from before the 900s. It comes from the Old English efen and is related to the Old Norse jafn.
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What are some other forms related to even?
- uneven (adjective)
- evenly (adverb)
- evenness (noun)
- evener (noun)
What are some synonyms for even?
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How is even used in real life?
Even is a very common word that is often used to mean smooth or equal. Using even to intensify a statement is also very common.
I tripped on a completely even surface. How was your day?
— 1/963 (@nick_beeny) November 20, 2018
Being an adult means using different cushions of your new couch everytime you sit down so they get even amounts of wear.
— Kyle Kirkby (@kirkby_kyle) October 20, 2020
I didn’t even try to buy a PS5 because I don’t think I can handle the rejection
— Jess Brohard (@JessBrohard) September 17, 2020
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True or False?
392 is an even number.
Example sentences from the Web for even
Alcohol and sugar, even in moderate amounts, are not only sinful but poisonous.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze|Lizzie Crocker|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This is even more striking in Submission than in his previous books.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Even internally in the House, women are not getting their fair shake.
Weiss is likely to get confirmed even as Warren and a handful of other progressive Democrats vote no.Sen. Warren’s Main Street Crusade to Pressure Clinton|Eleanor Clift|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Some were even re-arrested for the same nefarious purpose, and the daily papers published their names on each occasion.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Even as they gazed they saw its roof caught up, and whirled off as if it had been a scroll of paper.The Giant of the North|R.M. Ballantyne
I presume the twenty-five or thirty miles at this end is unhealthy, even for natives, but it surely need not be so.
Genoa has but recently and partially felt the new impulse, yet even here the march of improvement is visible.
He was the strangest-looking creature Davy had ever seen, not even excepting the Goblin.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for even (1 of 2)
- (of a number) divisible by two
- characterized or indicated by such a numbermaps are on the even pages Compare odd (def. 4)
- a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
- (as modifier)the even-money favourite
Derived forms of evenevener, nounevenly, adverbevenness, noun
Word Origin for even
British Dictionary definitions for even (2 of 2)
Word Origin for even
Scientific definitions for even
Idioms and Phrases with even
In addition to the idioms beginning with even
- even money
- even so
- break even
- never give a sucker an even break
- on an even keel