Nearby words

  1. eve's pudding,
  2. evection,
  3. evelyn,
  4. evelyn, john,
  5. evemerus,
  6. even money,
  7. even out,
  8. even permutation,
  9. even so,
  10. even up

Idioms

    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
before 900; (adj.) Middle English; Old English efen; cognate with Gothic ibns, Old High German eban, Old Norse jafn even, equal; (adv.) Middle English even(e), Old English efne, derivative of the adj.; (v.) Middle English evenen, Old English efnan to lower, derivative of the adj.

SYNONYMS FOR even
1. plane. See level. 12. tranquil, temperate, composed, peaceful. 13. just.

Related formse·ven·er, noune·ven·ly, adverbe·ven·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for get even

even

1
/ (ˈiːvən) /

adjective

adverb

verb

to make or become even

Derived Formsevener, nounevenly, adverbevenness, noun

Word Origin for even

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

even

2
/ (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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Word Origin and History for get even
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Science definitions for get even

even

[ ēvən ]

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

even

In addition to the idioms beginning with even

  • even money
  • even so

also see:

  • break even
  • never give a sucker an even break
  • on an even keel
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