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 forms

e·ven·er, noune·ven·ly, adverbe·ven·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for get even (1 of 2)

even

1
/ (ˈiːvən) /

adjective

adverb

verb

to make or become even

Derived Forms

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 get even (2 of 2)

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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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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