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English adjective: even

1. even divisible by two

Antonymsodd, uneven

2. even equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced

SamplesEven 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.




3. even 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)

SamplesAn even application of varnish.
An even floor.
The road was not very even.
The picture is even with the window.

Similarflat, flatbottom, flatbottomed, flush, justified, lap-jointed, level, level, plane, straight, straight-grained, true

See alsosmooth, steady

Attributeevenness, invariability


4. even symmetrically arranged

SamplesEven features.
Regular features.
A regular polygon.


Similarsymmetric, symmetrical

Antonymsasymmetric, asymmetrical

5. even occurring at fixed intervals

SamplesA regular beat.
The even rhythm of his breathing.




6. even of the score in a contest

SamplesThe score is tied.

Synonymslevel, tied



English noun: even

1. even (time) the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)

SamplesHe enjoyed the evening light across the lake.

Synonymseve, evening, eventide

Broader (hypernym)day, daylight, daytime

Narrower (hyponym)guest night

Part holonymcrepuscle, crepuscule, dusk, evenfall, fall, gloam, gloaming, nightfall, sundown, sunset, twilight

English adverb: even

1. even used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected

SamplesEven an idiot knows that.
Declined even to consider the idea.
I don't have even a dollar!.

2. even in spite of; notwithstanding

SamplesEven when he is sick, he works.
Even with his head start she caught up with him.

3. even to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons

SamplesLooked sick and felt even worse.
An even (or still) more interesting problem.
Still another problem must be solved.
A yet sadder tale.

Synonymsstill, yet

4. even to the full extent

SamplesLoyal even unto death.

English verb: even

1. even (contact) make level or straight

SamplesLevel the ground.

Synonymseven out, flush, level

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)grade, strickle, strickle, strike

2. even (change) become even or more even

SamplesEven out the surface.

Synonymseven out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

3. even (change) make even or more even

Synonymseven out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)regularise, regularize

Causeeven, even out

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