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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.

Origin of even

1
First recorded before 900; Middle English adjective even, efn(e), emne, Old English efen, efn; cognate with Gothic ibns, Old High German eban, Old Norse jafn “even, equal”; adverb and verb derivative of the adjective

synonym study for even

1. See level.

OTHER WORDS FROM even

e·ven·er, noune·ven·ly, adverbe·ven·ness, noun

Other definitions for even (2 of 3)

even2
[ ee-vuhn ]
/ ˈi vən /

noun Archaic.
evening; eve.

Origin of even

2
First recorded before 950; Middle English eve(n), Old English ǣfen, ēven; akin to German Abend, Old Frisian āvend, ēvend; see evening

Other definitions for even (3 of 3)

Even
[ ey-wuhn, ev-uhn ]
/ ˈeɪ wən, ˈɛv ən /

noun, plural E·vens, (especially collectively) E·ven 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.

Origin of Even

<Russian ėvén<Evenki əwən
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How to use even in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for even (1 of 2)

even1
/ (ˈiːvən) /

adjective
adverb
verb
to make or become even

Derived forms of even

evener, nounevenly, adverbevenness, noun

Word Origin for even

Old English efen; related to Old Norse jafn even, equal, Gothic ibns, Old High German eban

British Dictionary definitions for even (2 of 2)

even2
/ (ˈiːvən) /

noun
an archaic word for eve, evening

Word Origin for even

Old English ǣfen; related to Old Frisian ēvend, Old High German āband
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Scientific definitions for even

even
[ ēvən ]

Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with even

even

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