What does EVEN mean?

Definitions for EVEN
ˈi vəneven

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. evening, eve, even, eventideadjective

    the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)

    "he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"

  2. evenadjective

    divisible by two

  3. even, fifty-fiftyadjective

    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"

  4. evenadjective

    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"

  5. even, regularadjective

    symmetrically arranged

    "even features"; "regular features"; "a regular polygon"

  6. even, regularadjective

    occurring at fixed intervals

    "a regular beat"; "the even rhythm of his breathing"

  7. tied(p), even, level(p)verb

    of the score in a contest

    "the score is tied"

  8. flush, level, even out, evenverb

    make level or straight

    "level the ground"

  9. even, even outverb

    become even or more even

    "even out the surface"

  10. even, even outadverb

    make even or more even

  11. evenadverb

    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!"

  12. evenadverb

    in spite of; notwithstanding

    "even when he is sick, he works"; "even with his head start she caught up with him"

  13. even, yet, stilladverb

    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"

  14. evenadverb

    to the full extent

    "loyal even unto death"


  1. evenverb

    To make flat and level.

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

  2. evennoun


  3. evenadverb

    exactly, just, fully

  4. evenadjective

    Flat and level.

    Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.

  5. evenadjective

    Without great variation.

    Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.

  6. even

    Equal in proportion, quantity, size etc.

    The distribution of food must be even.

  7. even

    Divisible by two.

    Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.

  8. even

    Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.

  9. even

    On equal monetary terms; neither owing or being owed.

  10. even

    On equal terms of a moral sort; quits.

    You biffed me back at the barn, and I biffed you hereuE000107911uE001so now we're even.

  11. Evennoun

    A Tungusic language spoken by the Evens in Siberia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Evenadjective

    Etymology: efen, Saxon; even, Dutch; æquus, Latin.

    To see a beggar’s brat in riches flow,
    Adds not a wrinkle to my even brow. John Dryden, Pers. Sat. 6.

    The present face of Rome is much more even and level than it was formerly. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    The superficies of such plates are not even, but have many cavities and swellings, which, how shallow soever, do a little vary the thickness of the plate. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Lay the rough paths of peevish nature ev’n,
    And open in each heart a little heav’n. Matthew Prior.

    That the net may be even to the midst of the altar. Ex.

    And shall lay thee even with the ground. Luk. xix. 44.

    He was
    A noble servant to them; but he could not
    Carry his honours even. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    When Alexander demanded of one what was the fittest seat of his empire, he laid a dry hide before him, and desired him to set his foot on one side thereof; which being done, all the other parts of the hide did rise up; but when he did set his foot in the middle, all the other parts lay flat and even. Davies.

    Upheld by me, yet once more he shall stand
    On even ground against his mortal foe. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Even reckoning makes lasting friends; and the way to make reckonings even, I am sure, is to make them often. South.

    We reckon with your several loves,
    And make us even with you;
    Henceforth be earls. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I will be even with thee, doubt it not. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.

    I do confess
    The blind lad’s pow’r, whilst he inhabits there;
    But I’ll be ev’n with him nevertheless. John Suckling.

    In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    The publick is always even with an author who has not a just deference for them: the contempt is reciprocal. Addison.

    The true reason of their flying to this strange doctrine was to be even with the magistrate, who, they found, was against them; and they resolved, therefore, at any rate to be against him. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Desires compos’d, affections ever ev’n,
    Tears that delight, and sighs that waft to heav’n. Alexander Pope.

    Let him tell me whether the number of the stars be even or odd. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    What verity there is in that numeral conceit, in the lateral division of man by even and odd, ascribing the odd unto the right side, and even unto the left. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

  2. Evenadverb

    Etymology: often contracted to ev'n.

    Even so did those Gauls possess the coasts. Edmund Spenser, Ireland.

    Thou wast a soldier
    Even to Cato’s wish; not fierce, and terrible
    Only in strokes. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Dang’rous rocks,
    Which, touching but my gentle vessel’s side,
    Would scatter all the spices on the stream,
    Enrobe the roaring waters with my silks;
    And, in a word, yea even now worth this,
    And now worth nothing. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    It is not much that the good man ventures; and after this life, if there be no God, is as well as the bad; but if there be a God, is infinitely better, even as much as unspeakable and eternal happiness is better than extreme and endless misery. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    All I can say for those passages is, that I knew they were bad enough to please, even when I wrote them. Dryden.

    The motions of all the lights of heaven might afford measures of time, if we could number them; but most of those motions are not evident, and the great lights are sufficient, and serve also to measure even the motions of those others. William Holder.

    He might even as well have employed his time, as some princes have done, in the frivolous and low delights of catching moles. Francis Atterbury.

    Here all their rage, and ev’n their murmurs cease,
    And sacred silence reigns, and universal peace. Alexander Pope.

    Books give the same turn to our thoughts that company does to our conversation, without loading our memories, or making us even sensible of the change. Jonathan Swift.

    Nor death itself can wholly wash your stains,
    But long contracted filth ev’n in the soul remains. Dryden.

    I have made several discoveries which appear new, even to those who are versed in critical learning. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    Since you refined the notion, and corrected the malignity, I shall e’en let it pass. Jeremy Collier, of Friendship.

  3. Eve, Evennoun

    Etymology: æfen, Saxon; avend, or avond, Dutch.

    They like so many Alexanders,
    Have in these parts from morn ’till even fought,
    And sheath’d their swords for lack of argument. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    Such sights as youthful poets dream
    On Summer eves by haunted stream. John Milton.

    O, nightingale, that on yon bloomy spray
    Warblest at eve, when all the woods are still. John Milton.

    When the sun’s orb both even and morn is bright,
    Then let no fear of storms thy mind affright. Thomas May, Virgil.

    Th’ unerring sun by certain signs declares,
    What the late ev’n, or early morn prepares. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Winter, oft at eve, resumes the breeze,
    Chills the pale morn. James Thomson, Spring, l. 20.

    Let the immediate preceding day be kept as the eve to this great feast. Brian Duppa, Rule to Devotion.

  4. To Evenverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Nothing can, or shall content my soul,
    ’Till I am evened with him, wife for wife. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    This temple Xerxes evened with the soil, which Alexander is said to have repaired. Walter Raleigh, History of the World.

    Beat, roll, and mow carpet-walks and cammomile; for now the ground is supple, and it will even all inequalities. John Evelyn.

  5. To Evenverb

    To be equal to. Now disused.

    A like strange observation taketh place here as at Stonehenge, that a redoubled numbering never eveneth with the first. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Evennoun

    evening. See Eve, n. 1

  2. Evenadjective

    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

  3. Evenadjective

    equable; not easily ruffed or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed; as, an even temper

  4. Evenadjective

    parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit

  5. Evenadjective

    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

  6. Evenadjective

    without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure

  7. Evenadjective

    associate; fellow; of the same condition

  8. Evenadjective

    not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder; -- said of numbers; as, 4 and 10 are even numbers

  9. Evenverb

    to make even or level; to level; to lay smooth

  10. Evenverb

    to equal

  11. Evenverb

    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

  12. Evenverb

    to set right; to complete

  13. Evenverb

    to act up to; to keep pace with

  14. Evenverb

    to be equal

  15. Evenadjective

    in an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well

  16. Evenadjective

    up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much as; fully; quite

  17. Evenadjective

    as might not be expected; -- serving to introduce what is unexpected or less expected

  18. Evenadjective

    at the very time; in the very case

  19. Etymology: [OE. eve, even, efen, fen. AS. fen; akin to OS. band, OFries, vend, D. avond, OHG. band, Icel. aptan, Sw. afton, Dan. aften; of unknown origin. Cf. Eve, Evening.]


  1. Even

    Even are an Australian indie rock three-piece fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Ashley Naylor, with Matthew Cotter on drums and Wally Kempton on bass and backing vocals. Even formed in Melbourne in 1994 and have played regularly around the live music scene since.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Even

    ēv′n, adj. flat: level: uniform: (Shak.) straightforward: parallel: equal on both sides: not odd, able to be divided by 2 without a remainder.—v.t. to make even or smooth: to put on an equality: (Shak.) to act up to.—adv. exactly so: indeed: so much as: still.—n. Ev′en-Chris′tian (obs.), fellow-Christian.—adj. Ev′en-down, straight-down (of rain): downright, honest.—adv. thoroughly.—adj. Ev′en-hand′ed, with an equal, fair, or impartial hand: just.—adv. Ev′enly.—adj. Ev′en-mind′ed, having an even or calm mind: equable.—n. Ev′enness.—Be even with, to be revenged on: to be quits with. [A.S. efen; Dut. even, Ger. eben.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. EVEN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Even is ranked #15020 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Even surname appeared 1,966 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Even.

    93.4% or 1,838 total occurrences were White.
    3.5% or 70 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.2% or 25 total occurrences were Black.
    1.1% or 23 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EVEN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #110

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EVEN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #242

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'EVEN' in Adverbs Frequency: #18

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of EVEN in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of EVEN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of EVEN in a Sentence

  1. Evan Weber:

    The way to talk about the Joe Biden administration and climate is two very stark truths, joe Biden has done very little and hasn't even [ signed ] any major legislation, yet Joe Biden's already done more than any president when it comes to tackling the climate crisis.

  2. Malik Obama:

    He was referred to as a boy, even though he was a grown man.

  3. Neil Gorsuch:

    I could not even attempt this without Louise, my wife of more than 20 years, he reminded us that the judge’s job is to follow the words that are in the law -- not replace them with words that are n’t.

  4. Leerink Partners analyst Ana Gupte:

    They're growth-challenged, on the exchanges, if the risk pool doesn't deteriorate further next year it's possible they get to break even. If they at least reach break even, that's a big improvement.

  5. Elijah Molden:

    Especially since were not the biggest guys on the field we have to have the best feet, i remember my freshman year how he would (move) at the nickel position and copy that. Even now, every once in a while Ill need to be reminded of the steps if Im bouncing around positions. Ill ask him what he thinks.

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Translations for EVEN

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  • vlak, gelyk, selfs, nog, aandAfrikaans
  • حتى, بلArabic
  • тигеҙ, йоп, хатта, теүәлBashkir
  • плосък, равен, четен, еднообразен, гладък, даже, равно, еднакво, изравнявам, дори, вечерBulgarian
  • zokenBreton
  • pla, parell, igual, encara, fins i totCatalan, Valencian
  • rovný, sudý, i, vůbec, ještě, večerCzech
  • eben, gerade, noch, sogar, auch, selbstGerman
  • ακόμη καιGreek
  • ebena, egala, eĉEsperanto
  • uniforme, par, parejo, constante, igual, llano, aun, tarde, allanar, hasta, inclusoSpanish
  • هنوز, حتیPersian
  • tasainen, parillinen, jopa, tasoittaa, vielä, edesFinnish
  • uniforme, pair, paire, plat, régulier, monotone, exactement, même, complètement, niveler, aplatir, égaliser, voire, encoreFrench
  • fiúIrish
  • cunbhalach, cothromach, cothrom, eadhonScottish Gaelic
  • até, incluso, nin, nin sequera, aíndaGalician
  • חלק, שווה, זוגי, ערב, אפילוHebrew
  • सम, और भीHindi
  • egyenletes, egyenlő, páros, még, egyenget, kiegyenlít, még haHungarian
  • հարթ, հավասար, զույգ, նույնիսկArmenian
  • rata, bahkanIndonesian
  • memIdo
  • jafn, slétturIcelandic
  • pari, sera, spianare, esattamente, completamente, ancheItalian
  • אפילוHebrew
  • 平, 偶数, にも, も, さえJapanese
  • ლუწი, კიGeorgian
  • vesper, etiamLatin
  • geruedLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
  • irLithuanian
  • pāra, patLatvian
  • рамномерен, рамен, парен, мазен, баш, токму, дуриMacedonian
  • genap, rataMalay
  • တောင်Burmese
  • til og med, enda, selv, sågarNorwegian
  • even, gelijkmatige, paar, vlak, gelijke, gelijk, vlakke, gelijkmatig, avondstond, platmaken, evenen, nog, gelijkmaken, zelfsDutch
  • enda, jamvel, endåtil, sjølv, til og medNorwegian Nynorsk
  • ndiNavajo, Navaho
  • jednolity, parzysty, gładki, równy, równomierny, płaski, jednostajny, nawet, poranek, wyrównać, jeszczePolish
  • uniforme, quite, par, plano, constante, nivelado, padronizado, uniformizar, mesmo, nivelar, igualmente, ainda, completamente, até, nem sequer, exatamente, padronizar, igualarPortuguese
  • pară, egal, par, plat, chiarRomanian
  • однообразный, равномерный, одинаковый, гладкий, чётный, плоский, равный, ровный, даже, вечер, вообще, выравнивать, ровнять, точно, ещё, ровноRussian
  • pȃran, па̑ранSerbo-Croatian
  • párnySlovak
  • sod, celóSlovene
  • jämn, flat, plan, slät, stadig, platt, till och med, än, plana ut, kväll, ännu, jämna, platta till, ens, afton, jämna ut, än nu, ävenSwedish
  • సరి, చదునైనTelugu
  • çift, da, bile, dahiTurkish
  • اور بھیUrdu
  • bằngVietnamese
  • אפילוYiddish

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