even

I [[t]i͟ːv(ə)n[/t]] DISCOURSE USES
1) ADV: ADV with cl/group, ADV before v You use the word even to suggest that what comes just after or just before it in the sentence is rather surprising.

He kept calling me for years, even after he got married...

Even dark-skinned women should use sunscreens...

I cannot come to a decision about it now or even give any indication of my own views...

He didn't even hear what I said.

2) ADV: ADV compar (emphasis) You use even with comparative adjectives and adverbs to emphasize a quality that someone or something has.

It was on television that he made an even stronger impact as an interviewer...

During his second day Edward looked even more pale and quiet than on his first...

Stan was speaking even more slowly than usual.

3) PHR-CONJ-SUBORD You use even if or even though to indicate that a particular fact does not make the rest of your statement untrue.

Cynthia is not ashamed of what she does, even if she ends up doing something wrong...

Even though I'm supposed to be working by myself, there are other people who I can interact with.

4) PHR-CONJ-SUBORD If one thing happens even as something else happens, they both happen at exactly the same time. [LITERARY]

Even as she said this, she knew it was not quite true...

He had been aware, even as he slept, of the noise of the engine.

5) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use even so to introduce a surprising fact which relates to what you have just said. [SPOKEN]

The bus was only half full. Even so, a young man asked Nina if the seat next to her was taken...

She has never given up her nationality. Even so, her opponents argue that she is not a true Burmese.

Syn:
6) PHRASE: PHR with cl You use even then to say that something is the case in spite of what has just been stated or whatever the circumstances may be.

Peace could come only gradually, in carefully measured steps. Even then, it sounds almost impossible to achieve...

She was at her prettiest in her late teens, but even then she always had somebody who was prettier.

II [[t]i͟ːv(ə)n[/t]] ADJECTIVE USES
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1) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An even measurement or rate stays at about the same level.

How important is it to have an even temperature when you're working?...

The brick-built property keeps the temperature at an even level throughout the year.

Syn:
Derived words:
evenly ADV usu ADV after v

Stock is added evenly during the first 18 minutes while the mixture cooks...

He looked at Ellen, breathing evenly in her sleep.

2) ADJ-GRADED An even surface is smooth and flat.

The tables are fitted with a glass top to provide an even surface.

Syn:
3) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n If there is an even distribution or division of something, each person, group, or area involved has an equal amount.

Divide the dough into 12 even pieces and shape each piece into a ball...

Many are tired of being unpopular because of their wealth and would encourage more even distribution of it.

Syn:
Derived words:
evenly ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV -ed

The meat is divided evenly and boiled in a stew...

Within manufacturing, the loss of jobs has been far more evenly spread across the regions...

The blood vessels in the skin are not evenly distributed around the face and neck.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An even contest or competition is equally balanced between the two sides who are taking part.

It was an even game.

...an even match between eight nations.

Derived words:
evenly ADV-GRADED ADV -ed

They must choose between two evenly matched candidates for governor.

5) ADJ: v-link ADJ If you are even with someone, you do not owe them anything, such as money or a favour. [INFORMAL]

You don't owe me. I don't owe you. We're even.

6) ADJ-GRADED If your voice is even, you are speaking in a very controlled way which makes it difficult for people to tell what your feelings are. [LITERARY]

My voice surprised me; it was even and emotionless.

Syn:
steady, calm
Derived words:
evenly ADV-GRADED ADV after v

`Is Mary Ann O.K?' - `She's fine,' she said evenly.

7) ADJ: usu ADJ n An even number can be divided exactly by the number two.
8) ADJ-GRADED: ADJ n If there is an even chance that something will happen, it is equally likely that it will happen or will not happen.
See also evens

They have a more than even chance of winning the next election...

Syn:
9) PHRASE: V inflects When a company or a person running a business breaks even, they make neither a profit nor a loss.

The airline hopes to break even next year and return to profit the following year...

The theatre needs to fill over ninety per cent of its seats every night just to break even.

10) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR with n If you say that you are going to get even with someone, you mean that you are going to cause them the same amount of harm or annoyance as they have caused you. [INFORMAL]

I'm going to get even with you for this...

Don't get angry, get even.

11) to be on an even keelsee keel
III [[t]i͟ːv(ə)n[/t]] PHRASAL VERB USES
evens, evening, evened
Phrasal Verbs:

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  • 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 — 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

  • 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

  • Even — E ven ([=e]v n) 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.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Even — E ven, v. i. To be equal. [Obs.] R. Carew. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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