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.
- eve's pudding,
- evelyn, john,
- even money,
- even out,
- even permutation,
- even so,
- even up
Origin of even1
Examples from the Web for evenly
And although the dust has far from cleared, it appears to be an evenly fought match down to the end.Populists Go Down in Battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party|David Freedlander|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Created in an election year and evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, it could have ended in partisan deadlock.The 9/11 Commission Is Back With a New Warning for America|Eleanor Clift|July 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Well, I did maths at school,” he replied as evenly as possible.
The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act has 72 co-sponsors, divided roughly evenly between Republicans and Democrats.The House’s GOP Psychologist May Finally Get a Mental-Health Bill Passed|Eleanor Clift|April 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Blake also got through to Ballard, who promised, calmly, evenly—one legal man to another—to keep Blake fully apprised.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis|Richard Ben Cramer|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In push ball almost any number may play, but as weight counts, the sides should be divided as evenly as possible.Outdoor Sports and Games|Claude H. Miller
The paddle dipped on silently and evenly in the still water, but the sound grew fainter.The House of a Thousand Candles|Meredith Nicholson
And thus the rights of warfare will be evenly balanced once more by means of a peaceful, unarmed U-Boat trader.The Voyage of the Deutschland |Paul Knig
If the color is too thin and oily the operator will find it hard work to smooth it evenly.Graining and Marbling|Frederick Maire
In every respect they were so evenly matched that the test of battle could have no aftermath of extenuation.The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812|Ralph D. Paine
- (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
Word Origin for even
Word Origin for even
Old English efen "level," also "equal, like; calm, harmonious; quite, fully; namely," from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (cf. Old Saxon eban, Old Frisian even "level, plain, smooth," Dutch even, Old High German eban, German eben, Old Norse jafn, Danish jævn, Gothic ibns).
Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Used extensively in Old English compounds, with a sense of "fellow, co-" (e.g. efeneald "of the same age;" Middle English even-sucker "foster-brother"). 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. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Even-tempered from 1875.
"to make level," Old English efnan (see even (adj.)).
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).
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