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Meaning of EVEN

Pronunciation:  'eevun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adv]  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. [adv]  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"
  3. [adv]  in spite of; notwithstanding; "even when he is sick, he works"; "even with his head start she caught up with him"
  4. [adv]  to the full extent; "loyal even unto death"
  5. [adj]  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"
  6. [adj]  of the score in a contest; "the score is even"
  7. [adj]  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"
  8. [adj]  divisible by two
  9. [adj]  occurring at fixed intervals; "a regular beat"; "the even rhythm of his breathing"
  10. [adj]  symmetrically arranged; "even features"; "regular features"; "a regular polygon"
  11. [v]  make even or more even
  12. [v]  become even or more even; "even out the surface"
  13. [v]  make level or straight; "level the ground"

EVEN is a 4 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: equal, even out, even out, fifty-fifty, flat, flatbottom, flatbottomed, flush(p), justified, level, level, plane, regular, still, straight, symmetric, symmetrical, tied(p), true, yet
 Antonyms: odd, uneven
 See Also: alter, change, change surface, compensate, counterbalance, even, even off, even up, grade, plane, regularise, regularize, smooth, steady, strickle, strike



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E"ven\n. [OE. eve, even, efen, [ae]fen. AS. [=ae]fen; akin
    to OS. [=a]band, OFries, [=a]vend, D. avond, OHG. [=a]band,
    Icel. aptan, Sw. afton, Dan. aften; of unknown origin. Cf.
    {Eve}, {Evening}.]
    Evening. See {Eve}, n. 1. [Poetic.] --Shak.
  2. \E"ven\, a. [AS. efen. efn; akin to OS. eban, D. even, OHG.
    eban, G. efen, Icel. jafn, Dan. jevn, Sw. j["a]mn, Goth.
    ibns. Cf. {Anent}, {Ebb}.]
    1. Level, smooth, or equal in surface; not rough; free from
       irregularities; hence uniform in rate of motion of action;
       as, even ground; an even speed; an even course of conduct.
    2. Equable; not easily ruffed or disturbed; calm; uniformly
       self-possessed; as, an even temper.
    3. Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
             And shall lay thee even with the ground. --Luke xix.
    4. Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to
       both side; owing nothing on either side; -- said of
       accounts, bargains, or persons indebted; as, our accounts
       are even; an even bargain.
             To make the even truth in pleasure flow. --Shak.
    5. Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure. ``I know
       my life so even.'' --Shak.
    6. Associate; fellow; of the same condition. [Obs.] ``His
       even servant.'' --Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 29).
    7. Not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder;
       -- said of numbers; as, 4 and 10 are even numbers.
             Whether the number of the stars is even or odd.
                                                   --Jer. Taylor.
    {On even ground}, with equal advantage.
    {On even keel} (Naut.), in a level or horizontal position.
  3. \E"ven\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Evened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.
             His temple Xerxes evened with the soil. --Sir. W.
             It will even all inequalities         --Evelyn.
    2. To equal [Obs.] ``To even him in valor.'' --Fuller.
    3. To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a
       state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance,
       as accounts; to make quits. --Shak.
    4. To set right; to complete.
    5. To act up to; to keep pace with. --Shak.
  4. \E"ven\, v. i.
    To be equal. [Obs.] --R. Carew.
  5. \E"ven\, adv. [AS. efne. See {Even}, a., and cf. {E'en}.]
    1. In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally;
       precisely; just; likewise; as well. ``Is it even so?''
             Even so did these Gauls possess the coast.
    2. Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much
       as; fully; quite.
             Thou wast a soldier Even to Cato's wish. --Shak.
             Without . . . making us even sensible of the change.
    3. As might not be expected; -- serving to introduce what is
       unexpected or less expected.
             I have made several discoveries, which appear new,
             even to those who are versed in critical learning.
    4. At the very time; in the very case.
             I knew they were had enough to please, even when I
             wrote them.                           --Dryden.
    Note: Even is sometimes used to emphasize a word or phrase.
          ``I have debated even in my soul.'' --Shak.
                By these presence, even the presence of Lord
                Mortimer.                          --Shak.
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