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.
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.
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.
to become even: The odds evened before the race.
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.
Idioms about even
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.
- e·ven·er, noun
- e·ven·ly, adverb
- e·ven·ness, noun
Other definitions for even (2 of 3)
Other definitions for Even (3 of 3)
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.
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How to use even in a sentence
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE 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.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Genoa has but recently and partially felt the new impulse, yet even here the march of improvement is visible.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
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)
level and regular; flat: an even surface
(postpositive foll by with) on the same level or in the same plane (as): one surface even with another
without variation or fluctuation; regular; constant: an even rate of progress
not readily moved or excited; placid; calm: an even temper
equally balanced between two sides: an even game
equal or identical in number, quantity, etc: two even spoonfuls of sugar
(of a number) divisible by two
characterized or indicated by such a number: maps are on the even pages Compare odd (def. 4)
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
having no balance of debt; neither owing nor being owed
just and impartial; fair: an even division
exact in number, amount, or extent: an even pound
equal, as in score; level: now the teams are even
maths (of a function) unchanged in value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y = z ²: See odd (def. 8)
a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
(as modifier): the even-money favourite
get even informal to exact revenge (on); settle accounts (with)
of even date law formal, or obsolete of the same or today's date
(intensifier; used to suggest that the content of a statement is unexpected or paradoxical): even an idiot can do that
(intensifier; used with comparative forms): this is even better
notwithstanding; in spite of: even having started late she soon caught him up
used to introduce a more precise version of a word, phrase, or statement: he is base, even depraved
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
archaic that is to say; namely (used for emphasis): he, even he, hath spoken these things
archaic all the way; fully: I love thee even unto death
even as (conjunction) at the very same moment or in the very same way that: even as I spoke, it thundered
even so in spite of any assertion to the contrary: nevertheless
to make or become even
- evener, noun
- evenly, adverb
- evenness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for even (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for even
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Other 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
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