I. noun Etymology: Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen Date: before 12th century archaic evening II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English efen; akin to Old High German eban even Date: before 12th century 1. a. having a horizontal surface ; flat <
even ground
b. being without break, indentation, or irregularity ; smooth c. being in the same plane or line 2. a. free from variation ; uniform <
his disposition was even
b. level 4 3. a. equal, fair <
an even exchange
b. (1) leaving nothing due on either side ; square <
we will not be even until you repay my visit
(2) fully revenged c. being in equilibrium ; balanced; specifically showing neither profit nor loss d. obsolete candid 4. a. being any of the integers (as -2, 0, and +2) that are exactly divisible by two b. marked by an even number c. being a mathematical function such that f(x) = f(-x) where the value remains unchanged if the sign of the independent variable is reversed 5. exact, precise <
an even dollar
6. as likely as not ; fifty-fifty <
an even chance of winning
Synonyms: see level, steadyevenly adverbevenness noun III. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English efne, from efen, adjective Date: before 12th century 1. a. exactly, precisely b. to a degree that extends ; fully, quite <
faithful even unto death
c. at the very time <
raining even as the sun came out
2. a. — used as an intensive to emphasize the identity or character of something <
he looked content, even happy
forgot his car keys and even left the engine running
b. — used as an intensive to stress an extreme or highly unlikely condition or instance <
so simple even a child can do it
c. — used as an intensive to stress the comparative degree <
she did even better
d. — used as an intensive to indicate a small or minimum amount <
didn't even try
IV. verb (evened; evening) Date: 13th century transitive verb to make even intransitive verb to become even • evener noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • even — even1 [ē′vən] adj. [ME < OE efne, efen, akin to Ger eben, Goth ibns < ? IE base * yem , hold together > MIr emon, twins] 1. flat; level; smooth [even country] 2. not irregular; not varying; uniform; constant [an even tempo] 3. calm;… …   English World dictionary

  • Even — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • even — Ⅰ. even [1] ► ADJECTIVE 1) flat and smooth; level. 2) equal in number, amount, or value. 3) having little variation in quality; regular. 4) equally balanced: the match was even. 5) (of a person s temper or disposition) placid; calm. 6) …   English terms dictionary

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  • even — is normally placed immediately before the word or phrase that it qualifies: Doctors must pursue costly and even dangerous investigations / She is talking even more loudly / He even enrolled in a business studies course. In some cases even… …   Modern English usage

  • Even — 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? Shak. [1913 Webster] Even so did these Gauls possess the coast. Spenser. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Even — E ven, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Evened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Evening}] 1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth. [1913 Webster] His temple Xerxes evened with the soil. Sir. W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster] It will even all inequalities Evelyn. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Éven — Biographie Naissance en Bretagne Décès 26 septembre 1081 à Dol Évêque de l Église catholique Fonctions épiscopales Archevêque de Dol …   Wikipédia en Français

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