even

Even means level and flat. When you're planning to build one of your famously elaborate sandcastles on the beach, you probably make sure the sand is even before you start.

Something smooth and regular, like a wall that's prepped for painting, is even. Even also describes a balance like when you give all the kids an even amount of candy, or something that is calm, like a person who has an even temper. In math, an even number is one that can be divided by two without a remainder. The adverb even is used to emphasize something, like when your friend doesn't even see you waving frantically at her.

Primary Meanings of even

1.
adjv
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)
make level or straight
2.
adj
divisible by two
3.
adv
used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected
4.
adv
to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons
5.
n
the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)
Full Definitions of even
1

adj 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”
Synonyms:
flat, level, plane
having a surface without slope, tilt in which no part is higher or lower than another
flatbottom, flatbottomed
having a flat bottom
flush
of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane
justified
having words so spaced that lines have straight even margins
lap-jointed
jointed so as to produce a flush surface
straight-grained
of timber; having fibers that run in parallel
level
oriented at right angles to the plumb
straight, true
accurately fitted; level
smooth
having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
Antonyms:
uneven
not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture
crinkled, crinkly, rippled, wavelike, wavy
uneven by virtue of having wrinkles or waves
cross-grained, curly-grained, wavy-grained
of timber; having fibers running irregularly rather than in parallel
irregular
(of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical
jagged, jaggy, scraggy
having a sharply uneven surface or outline
lumpy
having lumps; not smooth and even in texture
out of true, untrue
not accurately fitted; not level
patchy
irregular or uneven in quality, texture, etc.
pebble-grained
(of leather) having a rough surface as the result of being treated with a patterned roller
ragged
having an irregular outline
unparallel
not straight or parallel
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
unsteady
subject to change or variation
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
fifty-fifty
equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

adj symmetrically arranged

even features”
Synonyms:
regular
symmetric, symmetrical
having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts

adj occurring at fixed intervals

“the even rhythm of his breathing”
Synonyms:
regular
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

adj of the score in a contest

Synonyms:
level, tied
equal
having the same quantity, value, or measure as another

v make level or straight

Synonyms:
even out, flush, level
Types:
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grade
level to the right gradient
strickle, strike
smooth with a strickle
strickle
level off with a strickle in a measuring container
aggrade
build up to a level by depositing sediment
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v make even or more even

Synonyms:
even out
Type of:
regularise, regularize
make regular or more regular

v become even or more even

even out the surface”
Synonyms:
even out
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
2

adj divisible by two

Antonyms:
odd, uneven
not divisible by two
3

adv 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!”

adv in spite of; notwithstanding

even when he is sick, he works”
even with his head start she caught up with him”
4

adv to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons

“looked sick and felt even worse”
“an even (or still) more interesting problem”
Synonyms:
still, yet

adv to the full extent

“loyal even unto death”
5

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

Synonyms:
eve, evening, eventide
Types:
guest night
an evening when members of a club or college can bring their friends as guests
Type of:
day, daylight, daytime
the time after sunrise and before sunset while it is light outside

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