Main definitions of even in US English:

: Even1even2even3



  • 1A member of an indigenous people of eastern Siberia.

  • 2The language of the Even, a Tungusic language with about 6,000 speakers, closely related to Evenki.


  • Relating to the Even or their language.




Main definitions of even in US English:

: Even1even2even3



  • 1Flat and smooth.

    ‘prepare the site, then lay an even bed of mortar’
    • ‘Rule to an even surface and across scratch each coat to provide a key for the next hand-applied coat.’
    • ‘St Tropez is tinted so the therapist can easily see where she is applying it and it makes for an even application.’
    • ‘This provides an even surface for pedestrians, which minimises tripping hazards.’
    • ‘The laughter of the children urged him onwards along the even forest path that led at last to a hill in an open meadow.’
    • ‘So exfoliate and moisturise to ensure an even application and an accurate skin tone.’
    • ‘In the boot, the rear wheel arches should have a clean look and an even coat of paint.’
    • ‘Clearly, this tournament was going to have to be played on an even surface.’
    flat, smooth, uniform, featureless, unbroken, undamaged, unwrinkled
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    1. 1.1 In the same plane or line; level.
      ‘run a file along the saw to make all of the teeth even with each other’
      • ‘It took every speck of willpower and strength she had to force them back to an even position.’
      • ‘Add the potato slices in an even layer and cook gently for about 12 minutes until softened.’
  • 2Equal in number, amount, or value.

    ‘an even gender balance among staff and students’
    • ‘Frequently there are an even number of males and females in the group with twice as many young.’
    • ‘Finally, when it is as thin as vermicelli, it is dried and cut to an even length and sold in neat bunches.’
    • ‘Regularly turn your plants, so leaves get an even distribution of sunlight.’
    • ‘Those officers are drawn from all ranks and an even spread from all areas of the county.’
    • ‘In most transgenic lines, an even fluorescence signal was observed in all tissues and organs.’
    • ‘Since you play in hands of five, you must eliminate two cards from the deck to have an even number of ten hands.’
    • ‘The two big groups were made up of an even mix of first or second start gate pilots.’
    • ‘An even number of players chose the Blue tees on the day as did choose the White tees.’
    • ‘The skeletons show an even spread of the representative population at that time.’
    level, drawn, tied, all square, balanced, on a par, on an equal footing
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    1. 2.1 Equally balanced.
      ‘it's not an even fight’
      • ‘If all players are even, then they stand up from the table and each draws from the deck, as if it were the beginning of the game.’
      • ‘On paper this is an even match, but there are several things that skew the argument in favor of DDR.’
      • ‘It showed us that we could go out and compete against those teams on an even level.’
      • ‘Firstly, he says that there is not an even enough split in exposure between the top teams and those lower down the grid.’
      • ‘During the draw and anchor maintain an even amount of pressure on all three fingers.’
      • ‘They were also level in the table and the game looked like an even match.’
      • ‘After an even third round, Oxford claimed the victory by a majority decision.’
      • ‘In some situations you may need to turn your plant a quarter of a turn each day to ensure an even spread of light.’
      • ‘The first half saw the sides on an even footing with good defending on both sides.’
      • ‘Then a quick break by the visitors saw them clinch the points, but the scoreline did not reflect an even game.’
      • ‘She said there was an even split in the clubs between boys and girls and a spread across all age ranges.’
      • ‘It was long awaited by the general public, but insiders knew it would hardly be an even contest.’
      • ‘The new regulations will put the two types of scheme on an even footing.’
      • ‘All the cast are local and there is an even split between Clonegal and Kildavin players.’
      • ‘We believe that the racing industry has not been on an even footing with gambling for a long time.’
      • ‘When you produce such a compound chemically you get an even split of the enantiomers.’
      • ‘It allows for smaller airlines to compete on an even basis with the world's majors.’
      • ‘This must end, and one of the ways to end it is to have an even split on the committees.’
      equal, the same, much the same, identical, like, alike, similar, to the same degree, comparable, commensurate, corresponding, parallel, on a par, on an equal footing, evenly matched
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    2. 2.2 Having little variation in quality; regular.
      ‘they traveled at an even and leisurely pace’
      • ‘Add the olive oil in a thin stream and whisk the mixture until it forms an even consistency.’
      • ‘Without this handy little squeeze pump, bile trickles at an even flow from the liver into the gut.’
      • ‘Reject those with obvious flaws, such as splits, and try and get hold of those with an even coloration.’
      • ‘Set out poles at either end of the hedge with strings marking the height and line to be cut to ensure an even finish.’
      • ‘I turn the boat and we simply run down the line at an even pace and turn into the fish as we get nearer.’
      • ‘This creates an even airflow through the entire case in from the front out the back via the PSU.’
      • ‘After all, there has never been an even distribution of subjects across all regions.’
      • ‘You can also serve it with a frozen cube of olive oil plonked in the middle to maintain an even temperature.’
      • ‘During the formation of a sheet the pulp lies in an even thickness on the mould's surface.’
      • ‘To his credit Cill Dara referee John Downey was well on top of every move and kept an even hand on the game.’
      • ‘What he, in fact every one of us needs, is to strike a balance and stay on an even course.’
      • ‘Brush with more of the egg white and sprinkle with an even layer of caster sugar.’
      • ‘Yes he tramples into France but for his men to respect him they way they do in the play he has to rule with an even hand.’
      • ‘As some colours open earlier than others, it will guarantee you an even display.’
      • ‘Achieving an even skin tone is another protracted beauty process that many of us could do without.’
      uniform, constant, steady, stable, consistent, changeless, unvarying, unchanging, unwavering, unfluctuating, unaltering, regular
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    3. 2.3 (of a person's temper or disposition) equable; calm.
      ‘a man of good humor and even temper’
      even-tempered, well balanced, stable, equable, placid, serene, calm, composed, poised, tranquil, cool, cool, calm, and collected, cool-headed, relaxed, easy, imperturbable, unexcitable, unruffled, unflustered, unagitated, unworried, untroubled, unbothered
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  • 3(of a number, such as 2, 6, or 108) divisible by two without a remainder.

    • ‘The oblique case of an even number had to be put into the subject position so that standard arguments could be used.’
    • ‘It is true precisely when the values for the three switches add up to an even number.’
    • ‘Any gifts made during the even years before death will also be included.’
    • ‘What you can always do, however, is ensure that the switches encode an odd or an even number.’
    • ‘Hey, as a bisexual would I have to follow only the odd number points on the Homosexual Agenda or the even ones?’
    • ‘In the case of an even number, parts of the wave travel at all speeds less than or equal to the fundamental speed.’
    • ‘Tonight is promising more of the same, only without the lamb or cats or Nunhead but with an even number of limbs.’
    • ‘Manufacturers, shopkeepers, and vendors rounded up their prices to an even number.’
    1. 3.1 Bearing an even number.
      ‘headers can be placed on odd or even pages or both’
      • ‘In even-numbered years, film festival attendees are offered the chance to take a double-dip of Latin culture - the Havana Jazz Festival takes place right afterwards.’
      • ‘Students who enrolled at the school in even-numbered years between 1816 and 1830 had two years of Cauchy's instruction.’
      • ‘What the city asks is that residents use the odd-even method of lawn watering: even days for even-numbered homes and vice versa, a system used for many years in the past when treatment capacity became taxed.’
      • ‘This gap is important in even-numbered years in order to accommodate the spectacle of the World Cup or the Summer Olympics, perhaps even the Commonwealth Games or the European Football championships.’
      • ‘Short exercises follow each ‘lesson’; they would be ideal for writers' groups because there are proposed rewrites in the back of the book for even-numbered items.’
      • ‘An alternative to adding sets during even-numbered weeks is to increase intensity through greater resistance, where applicable.’
      • ‘That's equivalent to labeling each card randomly with a number from 1 to 20, then collecting into piles the cards with the same number, taking care to reverse the order of even-numbered piles.’
      • ‘The effectiveness of some cysteine substitutions at even-numbered positions is also plausible because they are close to the trans pore entrance and apparently not buried in the membrane.’
      • ‘Extending this idea, if the first subtrajectory is in the forward mode, then odd-numbered and even-numbered subtrajectories will be in the forward and backward swimming modes, respectively.’
      • ‘‘OK, so today we have the even-numbered period classes,’ Lauren said to me after the dismissal bell for homeroom rang.’
      • ‘Cars that finished in odd-numbered spots in 2002 points tested last week; the even-numbered finishers were scheduled to test this week.’
      • ‘Japanese soldiers shouldering their weapons were standing guard in even-numbered ranks outside the gate (my grandmother at the time had studied a little algebra).’
      • ‘On playback, the even-numbered and odd-numbered fields are weaved together, and viewers far enough away from the display see continuous blended motion.’
      • ‘It is hard to escape the feeling that ‘this country’ is not the Republic of Ireland, but a notional territory that encompasses a few of the lower even-numbered postal code areas of Dublin.’
      • ‘It's an absurd proposal that would require every officer in America running in even-numbered years, whether it's state legislature or governor, to operate in federal hard dollars.’
      • ‘For example, marketing experts say that products with an even-numbered price are considered higher-quality than those with an odd-numbered price.’
      • ‘The directory, published in the fall of even-numbered years, is now available by mail at a cost to U.S. residents of $8 per copy postpaid; payment must accompany orders.’
      • ‘For instance, eastbound flights are listed in the guidelines as even-numbered and westbound are listed as odd-numbered within a certain total range of numbers useable for passenger flights.’
      • ‘Congress has specified by statute that House and Senate elections must occur on the Tuesday immediately following the first Monday of all even-numbered years.’
      • ‘The lections from the Gospels go unchanged for an alternating two years but are preceded by a reading from the First Testament different in Years I and II, the odd- and even-numbered years respectively.’
    2. 3.2 Exactly equal to a round number; not having any fractions.
      ‘the Dow Jones ended at an even 10,000’


  • Make or become even.

    with object ‘she cut the hair again to even up the ends’
    no object ‘thereafter prices evened out’
    • ‘They refused to do the one thing which would have evened the odds: follow them into the trees.’
    • ‘Perhaps what she did was terrible, but not so much more than what had been done to her, and ultimately her execution evened the score.’
    • ‘Although female and male primary enrollment rates have evened, overall enrollment has decreased.’
    • ‘They evened up their playing record in the League on Saturday when they went down to Doncaster - their sixth defeat of the season from twelve games played.’
    • ‘The game evened out for the next ten minutes and both sides had their opportunities to score.’
    • ‘The Russian fans evened the score by holding up nationalist flags and booing loudly during the Latvian anthem.’
    • ‘Costs are evened out, to the advantage of smaller firms.’
    • ‘I decided the top of the table needed to be evened out with a coat or two of gloss paint.’
    • ‘This discrepancy at birth is evened out later on, as the girl child has better instincts of survival.’
    • ‘Our busiest months used to be during the winter but now it has evened out.’
    • ‘After an hour of climbing the ground evened out.’
    • ‘Finally, the battle between the microchip and the guinea pig has evened up.’
    • ‘We have people who want to work more and we have people who want to work less, and surely it should be possible for those two things to be evened out better than they are now.’
    • ‘We deserved to win the Senior Cup last season and lost it and now things have evened up.’
    • ‘We evened out and we were flying, the wind smacked our faces and it hurt but somehow it felt congratulatory.’
    • ‘What I wanted was for the high's and particularly the lows to be evened out and they have been.’
    • ‘Finally the course evened out and soon I'd reached the halfway point.’
    • ‘It would have evened the scoreline and it would have given Kildare the push they so badly needed.’
    • ‘But estate agents in Tendring disagreed with the findings, saying prices evened out.’
    • ‘I didn't know what to do so I just waited it out, and pretty soon the rest of my body grew into the changes and I eventually evened out.’
    flatten, make flat, make level, level, level off, level out, smooth, smooth out, smooth off, make flush, plane, make uniform, make regular
    equalize, make equal, make even, make level, level up, make the same, balance, square
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  • 1Used to emphasize something surprising or extreme.

    ‘they have never even heard of the US’
    ‘they wore fur hats, even in summer’
    • ‘I love trying new dishes and am rarely fazed by even the most extreme ingredients.’
    • ‘What followed was a breathtaking turn and finish that must have surprised even the player.’
    • ‘In Scotland, too often, we still manage to be surprised that it even exists.’
    • ‘People always have a choice for what they do, even under the most extreme situations.’
    • ‘Of course levels of dyslexia vary, and even extreme dyslexia need be no barrier to achievement.’
    • ‘Only rarely today does one hear even distant echoes of that extreme position.’
    • ‘People might not realise water can be extremely cold even on a warm summer day.’
    • ‘These days the danger is so extreme that even the troops give the road a miss, and fly from the airport by helicopter.’
    • ‘I am not even a little bit surprised when I find her waiting for me, or when I see what has been growing in her eyes.’
    • ‘That the actor had handpicked her for this role was something that had surprised even her.’
    • ‘It's a reminder that normal life goes on even in the most extreme situations.’
    • ‘The carriage was surprisingly relaxing and even the children chattered quietly.’
    • ‘It was certainly a surprise as we didn't even know it was up for sale, how dare he not tell us.’
    • ‘Their anaemic performance over the last 18 months has come as a surprise even to us.’
    • ‘It was surprisingly silent in the huge building - not even an echo was heard of footsteps.’
    • ‘Some even go to the extreme of spending all or most of their income for a good hit, but it's just not fair.’
    • ‘It's a mistake made surprisingly often, even by sources that ought to be better informed.’
    • ‘Our willingness to show up for this event seems to have surprised even ourselves.’
    • ‘He surprised even some of his closest colleagues by accepting the job many regard as a poisoned chalice.’
    • ‘I must say even I was surprised by just how quickly your journalists found an angle.’
    surprisingly, unexpectedly, paradoxically, though it may seem strange, believe it or not, as it happens
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    1. 1.1 Used in comparisons for emphasis.
      ‘he knows even less about it than I do’
      • ‘The assumption is that the private sector does it better, faster, possibly even cheaper.’
      • ‘Arab traders took Islam to the area in about the twelfth century, possibly even earlier.’
      • ‘Notwithstanding the personal tragedy here there is now even less emphasis on the original issue.’
      • ‘I was then even more surprised how quickly I flew up the hills on the North Downs.’
      • ‘Movies about poor, uneducated mothers forced to work punishing jobs are even rarer.’
      • ‘That will actually make them even more worthwhile as a target for forgers.’
      • ‘It will not be easy, which places even greater emphasis on the world's best cricketer.’
      • ‘With the opening of UCLan's third campus, that possibility now seems even closer.’
      • ‘Many other US states have adopted or are considering even more extreme measures.’
      • ‘This possibility adds even more urgency to the need to find an alternative route for quarry traffic.’
      • ‘And this could indeed have even worse consequences than leaving the oppressed to rot.’
      • ‘Perhaps even more surprising is the fact that it is one of the more successful films made with lottery cash.’
      • ‘Indeed, we have kept the prices in Lyneham as low as possible by reducing even further our very small margins.’
      • ‘In the 1960s there was an even greater shift in emphasis to viticultural research.’
      • ‘Then she played some Lamb tunes to me, that possibly meant even more, for similar reasons.’
      • ‘I was, however, even more surprised last week to not hear the bells playing at all.’
      still, yet, more so, all the more, all the greater, to a greater extent
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    2. 1.2informal Used in questions to indicate confusion or exasperation.
      ‘what is this whole thing even about?’
      ‘what even is bitcoin, anyway?’


  • even as

    • At the very same time as.

      ‘even as he spoke their baggage was being unloaded’
      • ‘There was also a single ramp, even as the kids shook it like a saltshaker, down the road.’
      • ‘We are to show love to our enemies even as we believe God in Christ has shown love to us and the whole world.’
      • ‘The Liberals ride high in the polls even as they inspire so much less than enthusiasm.’
      • ‘It is still unfolding, even as hacks and ex-advisers rush to sum up or cash in.’
      • ‘She believes, even as she acknowledges that her belief must exist alongside disbelief.’
      • ‘It is a solid part of that India that moves on, even as it falls apart, or lags behind.’
      • ‘He thinks through every question I ask, even as he fidgets and flexes constantly in his chair.’
      • ‘We, as tourists, transform the life of the city even as we insist on the preservation of the fabric.’
      • ‘These things combined together to give me a new sense of awkwardness, even as I left the old one behind.’
      • ‘Williamson, even as an outsider, always felt the Edinburgh derby was a major fixture.’
      while, whilst, as, at the time that, at the same time that, just as, at the very time that, at the very moment that, exactly when, during the time that
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  • an even break

    • informal A fair chance.

      ‘suckers never get an even break’
      • ‘They are a very big team, particularly around midfield and we'll have it all to do to get an even break in that area.’
      • ‘I wouldn't mind just an even break to get away from the active bad luck.’
      • ‘So they don't want to give a sucker an even break if they can possibly help it, because rotation potentially has massive implications on player's ability to be able to ply their trade.’
      • ‘None reaches fulfilment, for they're damned by their own mediocrity and the plain fact that a sucker never gets an even break.’
      • ‘And if Manchester United think that they cannot get an even break in the Arsenal penalty area, what chance have the rest of them got?’
      • ‘OK, so she never knew her father and her mother's an alley cat, but give a kitty an even break, eh?’
      • ‘Don't give him an even break no matter what he says.’
      • ‘So Capricorns can make advances even during this risky Monkey Year, in which nobody's assured of an even break.’
      • ‘What's been largely missing, though, through these pell-mell days, has been the time to rethink pat agendas rather than fit the facts around them - or the imagination to give the suckers on all sides an even break.’
      • ‘Though he has a habit of starting slowly, given an even break he should be in the thick of things.’
  • even if

    • 1Despite the possibility that; no matter whether.

      ‘always try everything even if it turns out to be a dud’
      • ‘Please only answer one question at a time, even if you know more, to give everyone a chance.’
      • ‘It does not matter, even if it were to be clearly established that it had gone astray in the post.’
      • ‘Under the current rules it is possible to force a vote even if only one branch supports the move.’
      • ‘The second account can not be touched by the company, even if it were to go bust.’
      • ‘It is official policy to get people into university even if they don't want to go.’
      • ‘So even if their parent does get a job it is not always enough to get a child out of poverty.’
      • ‘This could sustain the German market even if global demand wanes or the euro rises again.’
      • ‘Do not always belive what you are told even if on the face of it it appears to be sound.’
      • ‘You don't see that the experience will benefit them even if they drop out or don't get a job at the end?’
      • ‘It is a unique gift that once given will always remain, even if the relationship ends.’
      1. 1.1Despite the fact that.
        ‘he is a great President, even if he has many enemies’
        • ‘It was a brilliant piece of reactive warfare, even if it was not wholly successful.’
        • ‘They already have wide currency amongst campaigners even if it is not labelled as such.’
        • ‘What does it matter to me if he has a gallery opening, even if he is a great artist?’
        • ‘They never doubted his love, even if he could not put it into words the rest of us would understand.’
        • ‘My mother always did her best for me, even if there wasn't always enough to go around.’
        • ‘So I think we can say that he knows what he's doing, even if we aren't overwhelmed by it.’
        • ‘For a start, even if the Dutch dispute it, the game is perceived as having started here.’
        • ‘There will be an audience for whatever is written, even if that audience is small.’
        • ‘It is good to have such witty audience members, even if they do have stupid names.’
        • ‘Therefore, even if the police cannot stop the drugs, they can try to follow the money.’
  • even now (or then)

    • 1Now (or then) as well as before.

      ‘even now, after all these years, it upsets me’
      • ‘Indeed it seems likely that some medical schools are even now attempting to help white Appalachian applicants, for example, under programs of regional distribution.’
      • ‘Seeking to define this element of unlawfulness has taxed judicial minds for most of this century; and even now there remain areas of uncertainty.’
      • ‘But even then the difference is likely to be small and the chances of accurately predicting it in advance are non-existent.’
      • ‘But I couldn't, not for long moments, and even then I had to clear my throat and scramble up from the couch.’
      • ‘He rightly predicted freezing temperatures and blizzards all week although even now the depth of the cold was being under estimated.’
      • ‘It was near midnight when they finally had a moment to themselves, and even then they were still too wound up to sit down.’
      • ‘It is, also, even now, their greatest and defining moment.’
      • ‘We have to wear socks, only socks, until like late December, and even then it isn't cold.’
      • ‘Only one person picked up on the significance of it, and even then they were a little off the mark, but still close.’
      • ‘He was silent for a moment, not precisely sure even now what the catalyst had been.’
    • 2In spite of what has (or had) happened.

      ‘even then he never raised his voice to me’
      • ‘It took him a moment to realize who she was; even then, he couldn't believe it was her.’
      • ‘Payment will be made only after goods have been sold and even then, are likely to be months, if not years late.’
      • ‘We rarely had any kind of tense moments and even then we resolved them quickly.’
      • ‘Well, not anymore anyway, unless he was really angry and even then he was more likely to just shove me around.’
      • ‘Of course, even then I'm reasonably sure he'd still pick up the border states.’
      • ‘Yet, even then, a suitable bribe would more than likely tide them over until the next capture.’
      • ‘And even then, most likely in all events the train is going to stay on railroad property.’
      • ‘And even then, if you promoted it, you'd more likely make your site stronger, rather than the community it was part of.’
      • ‘But then I heard that it was a flight from Boston to L.A. And then, even then, you just try to deny it as much as possible.’
      • ‘And even then, it's likely that many questions and suspicions will remain.’
    • 3At this (or that) very moment.

      ‘very likely you are even now picking up the telephone to call’
      • ‘I ventured that science, research and technology are the only things which will get us out of the hole we're very likely digging even now.’
      • ‘He'd always stood straight, a lawyer's trick he'd picked up, and even now, he did so.’
      • ‘Ever since I saw you that first day on the street, cold, hungry, and dirty, even then I knew you were the one.’
      • ‘Elsewhere, servicemen with obsolete equipment and ageing Green Goddesses - yes they were ageing even then - went on standby.’
      • ‘Scotland bowlers will head indoors this weekend for what even now looks likely to be a winter of discontent.’
      • ‘You know, you might spank your children, hit them too hard or do some other things to hurt them, but a lot of times even then it's alcohol or drug use.’
      • ‘But she gained much more, and that seems so strange now and even then.’
      • ‘Was it even now waiting for the right moment to strike?’
      • ‘She went over to Alex and picked up his body, heavy even now.’
      • ‘Her heart had quickened the moment he had turned those dark eyes on her and even now her breathing was uneven.’
  • even so

    • In spite of that; nevertheless.

      ‘not the most exciting of places, but even so I was having a good time’
      • ‘But even so, his fall from grace should not have factored into the equation.’
      • ‘It wasn't a fast run but even so I was almost sorry when I pulled up at the dealer's, turned off the engine and stepped out.’
      • ‘Those who are skilled will get ahead - but even so, skills are not enough.’
      • ‘But even so, there is a precedent for the adoption by the far Left of fascist and anti-Semitic doctrines.’
      • ‘They don't seem to be in a rush but it's good to see them even so.’
      • ‘It took a big chunk out of the morning but even so the third bedroom got its final dabs of paint and was declared finished well before the close of day.’
      • ‘But even so a lot of women's families seem to feel obliged to pay for the shindig, alone.’
      • ‘We've had some rain this past couple of weeks but even so the earth is dry and parched still, inclined to ring like a hollow log as the hoe works.’
      • ‘His trees and bushes effectively hide his house from view, but even so, it's pretty hard to miss.’
      • ‘I am sure I thanked them there and then but, even so, I should like to say thank you to them through the letters pages.’
      nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, just the same, anyway, anyhow, still, yet, however, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, be that as it may, in any event, at any rate
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  • even though

    • Despite the fact that.

      ‘even though he was bigger, he never looked down on me’
      • ‘I had very positive experiences in all my four births, even though they all had to be induced.’
      • ‘Evolution is still a theory even though it is now taught in state schools as hard facts.’
      • ‘Few major power stations were built over the decade, even though demand increased.’
      • ‘The family did not bring up the question of paternity even though she went on to have five more children.’
      • ‘His shows are reportedly well worth catching, even though he does say so himself.’
      • ‘MPs are widely thought to be corrupt even though the vast majority of them are anything but.’
      • ‘The material was rather light and it felt as though she had nothing on, even though she knew she did.’
      • ‘However you will not be asleep, in fact you will be aware all the time even though your mind may wander.’
      • ‘He went to Galway and the people there asked him to move on, even though he had a permit.’
      • ‘But he is not in fact a trustee at all, even though he may be liable to account as if he were.’
  • get (or be) even

    • informal Inflict trouble or harm on someone similar to that which they have inflicted on oneself.

      ‘I'll get even with you for this’
      • ‘All my life I have been taught to curb the instinct to get even and that revenge only begets more revenge.’
      have one's revenge, take one's revenge, be revenged, revenge oneself, avenge oneself, take vengeance, even the score, settle accounts, settle the score, hit back, give as good as one gets, return tit for tat, return like for like, pay someone back, repay someone, reciprocate, retaliate, take reprisals, exact retribution, demand an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
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  • I can't even

    • informal Used without a following verbal phrase to indicate that the speaker is overwhelmed with emotion.

      ‘This is just so ridiculously cute. I can't even’
      ‘I can't even right now’
  • of even date

    • formal Of the same date.

      • ‘The applicant for planning permission was this company and we enclose a copy of our letter addressed to them of even date from which you will note that weare [sic] holding them responsible for our Principal's outlays.’
      • ‘Why can I, as of even date, enter only three rooms without breathing in to the point of faintness due to displaced furniture?’
      • ‘And that this Conveyance is subjected [sic] to and with the benefit of the provisions contained in a certain Deed of Covenant as to draining marshes of even date herewith executed by the parties hereto…’
  • on an even keel

    • 1(of a ship or aircraft) having the same draft forward and aft.

      • ‘You know when you throw mud at a wall some of it is going to stick, so it's up to me to try to get the ship back on an even keel.’
      • ‘The wreck is in a similar state to the Gun Wreck, on an even keel with the hull cut down just above the level of the sand, though the engine is broken to port and resting on top of the donkey boiler.’
      • ‘The ship went down on an even keel about 3 miles north of Corsewall Point.’
      • ‘The wreck lies on an even keel, but is mostly broken down to the seabed.’
      • ‘The ship is lying on an even keel and swimming from the stern will take the diver under the lifeboat davits, past the galley and engine room doors and up the ladders to the chart room.’
      • ‘The wreck sits on an even keel and looks ready to blow her tanks, lift her skirts and go on her way - very like USS Bowfin, which I had visited safe at her mooring in Pearl Harbour on my way to Bikini.’
      • ‘Up and up went the ship, vanishing into the darkness, but on an even keel.’
      • ‘Made with the same care and materials, the Schooner's centerboard keeps it on an even keel in breezier waters.’
      • ‘The wreck sits on an even keel and can be explored inside the hold and the engine room.’
      • ‘The outboard motor growled to life and our outrigger kept us on an even keel while sea-birds sat on sharp, spume-glistening rocks, watching our heaving progress with mild interest.’
      1. 1.1(of a person or situation) functioning normally after a period of difficulty.
        ‘getting her life back on to an even keel after their breakup had been difficult’
        • ‘For the first two years it was in deficit but in the third it was on an even keel.’
        • ‘Hendry returned for last week's scoreless draw with Bristol City, which extended Pool's unbeaten league run since his arrival to eight games, getting things back on an even keel after a run of six games in which they had not registered a win.’
        • ‘I don't think he was searching for truth, but rather for a religion to provide a mechanism that would keep him on an even keel.’
        • ‘And by eliminating uncertainty from the lives of children who find changes of routine and the unexpected unsettling and frightening, the system also helps to keep the children's emotions on an even keel.’
        • ‘We all know what happened last month but I believe we're back on an even keel.’
        • ‘I think they were good poems and that helped me get on an even keel about it.’
        • ‘It's been a difficult pregnancy fraught with scary complications but everything is back on an even keel and it's safe to start blogging again without fear of placing a hex on things.’
        • ‘We have been engaging constructively with Lord Carter and hope he will come up with sensible proposals to get the system back on an even keel.’
        • ‘It was costing the club silly money, but I eventually got things back on an even keel.’
        • ‘So I told her I would help her, and then, if after all that, and after enough time had passed for her to be on an even keel again, we both wanted something more, we'd look at it then.’


Old English efen (adjective), efne (adverb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch even, effen and German eben.




Main definitions of even in US English:

: Even1even2even3



archaic, literary
  • The end of the day; evening.

    ‘bring it to my house this even’


Old English ǣfen, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch avont and German Abend.