Even meaning

ēvən
The definition of even is level or fair or divisible by two.

An example of an even surface is a sanded and smooth piece of wood.

An example of an even split is two pieces of pie that are the same size.

An example of an even number is the number 10.

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To even something is defined as to make it equal or to make it level or smooth.

An example of making something even is to break something in half and give one half to each person.

An example of making a table even is to sand the top of the table to smooth away any high points.

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Exactly; precisely.

It was even as he said: the jewel was gone.

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Just; equitable; fair.

An even exchange.

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Prefix used chiefly in parasynthetic derivatives with the sense of even.

Even-carriaged, even-edged, even-tempered, even-toed, evenwise.

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Prefix meaning equally, similarly, same.

Even-clad, even-high, even-right, even-worth, evenmete, evenold.

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Evening.
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At the same time as; already; just.

Even as we watched, the turtle emerged from its shell.

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To a degree that extends; fully.

Loyal even unto death.

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To make or become even.
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Flat; level; smooth.

Even country.

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Not irregular; not varying; uniform; constant.

An even tempo.

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Calm; tranquil; serene; placid.

An even disposition.

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In the same plane or line; in line.

Water even with the rim.

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Equally balanced.
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Revenged for a wrong, insult, etc.
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Equal or identical in number, quantity, degree, score, etc.
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Exactly divisible by two.
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Exact.

An even mile.

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(obs.) In an even manner.
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To make, become, or be even; level off; equalize or be equalized.
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(archaic) Evening.
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Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
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Flat and level.

Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.

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Without great variation.

Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.

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Equal in proportion, quantity, size, etc.

The distribution of food must be even.

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(not comparable, of an integer) Divisible by two.

Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.

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(of a number) Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
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On equal monetary terms; neither owing or being owed.
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(colloquial) On equal terms of a moral sort; quits.

You biffed me back at the barn, and I biffed you here—so now we're even.

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Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
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To make flat and level.

We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.

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(archaic) Exactly, just, fully.

I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.

You are leaving tonight? — Even so.

This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.

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Implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality.

Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.

Did you even make it through the front door?

That was before I was even born.

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Emphasizing a comparative.

I was strong before; but now I am even stronger.

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(archaic or poetic) Evening.
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A Tungusic language spoken by the Evens in Siberia.
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(rare, dialectal or no longer productive) Prefix occurring mostly in older terms, bearing the meaning of equal-, co-, fellow-, joint-.

Even-bishop, even-christian, even-knight, even-servant, even-sucker.

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Prefix meaning evenly, straight, direct, according to.

Even-pleached, even-set, even-spun, even-deed, even-down, even-forth.

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Having equal probability; as likely as not.

An even chance of winning.

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Having an exact amount, extent, or number; precise.

An even pound; an even foot.

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on an even keel
  • In a stable or unimpaired state:
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even if
  • supposing that; though
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even so
  • in spite of that; nonetheless
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on an even keel

Origin of even

  • Middle English from Old English efen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English ǣfen

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old English efen, efn, emn (“even, equal, like, level, just, impartial, true”), from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (“flat, level, even; equal, straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)emno- (“equal, straight; flat, level, even”). Cognate with West Frisian even (“even”), Low German even (“even”), Dutch even (“even, equal, same”), effen, German eben (“even, flat, level”), Danish jævn (“even, flat, smooth”), Swedish jämn (“even, level, smooth”), Icelandic jafn, jamn (“even, equal”), Old Cornish eun (“equal, right”) (attested in Vocabularium Cornicum eun-hinsic (“iustus, i. e., just”)), Old Breton eun (“equal, right”) (attested in Eutychius Glossary eunt (“aequus, i. e., equal”)), Middle Breton effn, Breton eeun, Sanskrit अस्नस् (amnás, “(adverb) just, just now; at once”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English even-, efen-, from Old English efen- (“equal, fellow-, co-”), from Proto-Germanic *ebna- (“like-, level, equal-”); same as Old English efen (“equal, even, level”). More at even. Cognate with Scots evin- (“equal-”), Old Frisian ivin-, evn- (“even-”), Old High German eban- (“even-”).

    From Wiktionary

  • The traditional proposal connecting the Germanic adjective with the root Proto-Indo-European *(H)aim-, *h₂eim-, *(H)iem- (“similarity, resemblance”) (Latin imāgō (“picture, image, likeness, copy”), Latin aemulus (“competitor, rival”), Sanskrit यमस् (yamás, “pair, twin”)) is problematic from a phonological point of view.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English even, from Old English ǣfen, from Proto-Germanic *ēbandaz. Cognate with Dutch avond, Low German Avend, German Abend, Danish aften. See also the related terms eve and evening.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English efen.

    From Wiktionary