Meaning of EVEN in English

EVEN

/ ˈiːvn; NAmE / adverb , adjective , verb

■ adverb

1.

used to emphasize sth unexpected or surprising :

He never even opened the letter (= so he certainly didn't read it) .

It was cold there even in summer (= so it must have been very cold in winter) .

Even a child can understand it (= so adults certainly can) .

She didn't even call to say she wasn't coming.

2.

used when you are comparing things, to make the comparison stronger :

You know even less about it than I do.

She's even more intelligent than her sister.

3.

used to introduce a more exact description of sb/sth :

It's an unattractive building, ugly even.

➡ note at although

IDIOMS

- even as

- even if / though

- even now / then

- even so

—more at less adverb

■ adjective

SMOOTH / LEVEL

1.

smooth, level and flat :

You need an even surface to work on.

OPP uneven

NOT CHANGING

2.

not changing very much in amount, speed, etc. :

an even temperature all year

Children do not learn at an even pace.

OPP uneven

EQUAL

3.

( of an amount of sth ) equal or the same for each person, team, place, etc. :

Our scores are now even.

the even distribution of food

OPP uneven

4.

( of two people or teams ) equally balanced or of an equal standard :

an even contest

The two players were pretty even.

OPP uneven

NUMBERS

5.

that can be divided exactly by two :

4, 6, 8, 10 are all even numbers

OPP odd

SAME SIZE

6.

equally spaced and the same size :

even features / teeth

OPP uneven

CALM

7.

calm; not changing or becoming upset :

She has a very even temperament.

He spoke in a steady, even voice.

►  even·ness / ˈiːvənnəs; NAmE / noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- be even

- be / get even (with sb)

- break even

- have an even chance (of doing sth)

- on an even keel

—more at honour noun

■ verb

IDIOMS

- even the score

PHRASAL VERBS

- even out

- even sth out

- even sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

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

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.