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Dictionary Definition

even adj
1 divisible by two [ant: odd]
2 equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced; "even amounts of butter and sugar"; "on even terms"; "it was a fifty-fifty (or even) split"; "had a fifty-fifty (or even) chance"; "an even fight" [syn: fifty-fifty]
3 being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with); "an even application of varnish"; "an even floor"; "the road was not very even"; "the picture is even with the window" [ant: uneven]
4 symmetrically arranged; "even features"; "regular features"; "a regular polygon" [syn: regular]
5 occurring at fixed intervals; "a regular beat"; "the even rhythm of his breathing" [syn: regular]
6 of the score in a contest; "the score is tied" [syn: tied(p), level(p)] adv
1 used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected; "even an idiot knows that"; "declined even to consider the idea"; "I don't have even a dollar!"
2 in spite of; notwithstanding; "even when he is sick, he works"; "even with his head start she caught up with him"
3 to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons; "looked sick and felt even worse"; "an even (or still) more interesting problem"; "still another problem must be solved"; "a yet sadder tale" [syn: yet, still]
4 to the full extent; "loyal even unto death"


1 make level or straight; "level the ground" [syn: flush, level, even out]
2 become even or more even; "even out the surface" [syn: even out]
3 make even or more even [syn: even out]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Even



  • a UK /ˈi:vən/, /"i:v@n/
  • a US /ˈivən/|/ˈivn̩/, /"iv@n/|2=/"ivn=/
  • Rhymes: -iːvən
  • Hyphenation: e·ven

Etymology 1

efen (adjective), efnan (verb).


  1. Flat and level.
    Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.
  2. Without great variation.
    Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.
  3. Equal in proportion, quantity, size etc.
    The distribution of food must be even.
  4. (no comparative or superlative) Leaving no remainder when divided by 2.
    Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.
flat and level
without great variation
arithmetic: leaving no remainder when divided by 2
Translations to be checked


  1. To make flat and level.
    We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.
(to make flat and level): flatten, level
make even

Etymology 2



  1. In the context of "archaic or rhetorical": exactly, just, fully
    I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.
    You are leaving tonight? — Even so.
  2. 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.
  3. Emphasising a comparative
    I was strong before; but now I am even stronger.
exactly, fully
implying extreme example
emphasising comparative
Translations to be checked

Etymology 3

æfen. Cognate with Dutch avond, German Abend.


  1. In the context of "archaic|or|poetic": Evening.
Derived terms
Evening of the day
Afrikaans: aand



  1. "shortly", as in "no problem"; briefly
    Ik zal even voor u kijken. — I shall look (it up) for you shortly.
  2. for a short period, for a moment



  1. even, opposite of odd

Derived terms

Extensive Definition


Even may refer to:
  • Even, a Scandinavian male personal name (coincidentally, Odd is also a common Norwegian name).
  • Even (people), an ethnic group from Siberia and Russian Far East
  • Even Balance Inc., a software producer based in Spring, Texas (USA).
  • Even-weave, any woven textile where the warp and weft threads are of the same size
  • Even Ha'ezer, a section of Rabbi Jacob ben Asher's compilation of halakha (Jewish law), Arba'ah Turim
  • Even HaEzel, Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer's commentary on Mishneh Torah
  • Even-Shoshan concordance (1977), a New Concordance of the Bible's Old Testament Hebrew text by Abraham Even-Shoshan
  • Odd and Even, a solitaire card game which is played with two decks of playing cards

Science and technology

English expressions



  • Abraham Even-Shoshan (1906-1984), Russian-Israeli Hebrew linguist and lexicographer
  • Even Wetten (born 1982), Norwegian speed-skater
  • Maya Even (born 1958), Canadian born British based University lecturer, journalist and television presenter
  • Nahshon Even-Chaim (aka Phoenix )(born 1971), first major computer hacker convicted in Australia
  • Pierre Even (born 1946), Luxembourgian composer
  • Shimon Even (1935-2004), Israeli computer science researcher
  • Uzi Even (born 1940), Israeli professor of chemistry as well as a politician


  • Even-Yehuda, an Israeli village in the Sharon region of Netanya
  • Even Menahem, an Israeli cooperative agricultural community (moshav) in Western Galilee
  • Even Sapir, an Israeli cooperative agricultural community (moshav) near Jerusalem
even in German: Even
even in French: Even

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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nondivergent, nonetheless, nonpartisan, normalize, notwithstanding, numeral, numerary, numerative, numeric, odd, of a piece, oil, on a footing, on a level, on a par, on even ground, on the fence, on the level, ordered, orderly, ordinal, oscillatory, pacify, pair, pancake, par, parallel, parallelepipedal, parallelinervate, paralleling, parallelodrome, parallelogrammatic, parallelogrammic, parallelotropic, particularly, passive, peaceful, peculiarly, periodical, permutable, persistent, pinpoint, placid, plain, plane, planish, plaster, plumb, point-blank, poise, positive, positively, possible, pour balm into, precise, precisely, predominantly, primarily, prime, principally, proper, proportion, proportionate, proportioned, pulsing, quell, quiet, quite, quits, radical, rase, rather, rational, raze, reach, real, really, reciprocal, reciprocally, reciprocate, reciprocating, reciprocative, rectilineal, rectilinear, recurrent, recurring, refined, regular, regularize, regulate, religious, religiously exact, repay, reposeful, requite, rest, retaliate, retaliatory, returnable, rhythmic, rhythmical, right, right and proper, rightful, rigid, rigidly, rigorous, rigorously, rival, robotlike, rock, rock to sleep, roll, roll flat, rolled, rotary, round, ruler-straight, run abreast, run to, same, scientific, scientifically exact, seasonal, sedate, self-possessed, serene, serial, set, settle, severe, shave, smooth, smooth down, smooth out, smooth over, smooth-shaven, smoothed out, smoothen, smoothened, sober, soothe, square, squarely, squashed, squashed flat, stabile, stabilize, stable, stack up with, staid, stalemated, standard, standardize, steadfast, steady, steamroll, steamroller, stereotype, still, still more, straight, straight-cut, straight-front, straight-side, straightforward, streamlined, strict, strictly, strike a balance, suave, subdue, submultiple, subtle, surd, swapped, switched, symmetric, symmetrize, systematic, tabloid, tabular, temperate, the same, third-force, third-world, though, tie, tied, to the letter, touch, traded, tranquil, tranquilize, transcendental, transposed, trodden, trodden flat, true, truly, turn about, unbending, unbent, unbiased, unbowed, unbroken, unchangeable, unchanged, unchanging, uncommitted, uncurved, undeflected, undeviating, undeviatingly, undifferentiated, undistorted, undisturbed, undiversified, undulant, undulatory, unerring, unerringly, uniform, uniform with, uniformize, uninterrupted, uninvolved, unprejudiced, unrough, unroughened, unruffled, unswerving, unturned, unvaried, unvarying, upright, verbally, verbatim, verbatim et litteratim, verily, vertical, warrantable, warranted, wavelike, well-balanced, well-set, well-set-up, wheeling, when, word by word, word for word, yea, yet
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