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.
Origin of even1
Synonyms for even
Antonyms for even
Origin of even2
noun, plural E·vens, (especially collectively) E·ven for 1.
Origin of Even
Related Words for evensalike, indeed, much, match, square, constant, smooth, direct, right, flush, balanced, proportional, matching, plumb, same, stable, plane, horizontal, parallel, level
Examples from the Web for evens
Contemporary Examples of evens
Washington evens it up by shooting Wahlberg in the leg, then throws an arm around him as they set off together.Hollywood, Shootings, and ‘2 Guns’: When Is Stylized Violence Obscene?
July 30, 2013
Historical Examples of evens
But the mage was even with him, or rather he was 'odds and evens.'HE
So I guess you might say that evens things up some, you know.Dave Dawson with the R.A.F
R. Sidney Bowen
I can run the 100 in ten-one and the 220 in evens and I'm a good quarterback.Football Days
William H. Edwards
“I guess that evens things up,” crowed Jimmy gleefully, his usual good-humor completely restored.The Radio Boys at the Sending Station
Gus said with infinite slyness: "Look here, I'll bet you evens Biffen's don't pull off the final."Acton's Feud
- (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