Meaning of EVEN in English

I. ˈē-vən 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


a. : having a horizontal surface : flat

even ground

b. : being without break, indentation, or irregularity : smooth

c. : being in the same plane or line


a. : free from variation : uniform

his disposition was even

b. : level 4


a. : equal , fair

an even exchange


(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


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 , steady

• even·ly adverb

• even·ness -vən-nəs noun

- on an even keel

III. adverb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English efne, from efen, adjective

Date: before 12th century


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


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 ; even·ing ˈēv-niŋ, ˈē-və-)

Date: 13th century

transitive verb

: to make even

intransitive verb

: to become even

• even·er -nər noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.