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.

Definitions of even
  1. adjective
    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”
    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
    of a surface exactly even with an adjoining one, forming the same plane
    having words so spaced that lines have straight even margins
    jointed so as to produce a flush surface
    of timber; having fibers that run in parallel
    oriented at right angles to the plumb
    straight, true
    accurately fitted; level
    having a surface free from roughness or bumps or ridges or irregularities
    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
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    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
    (of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical
    jagged, jaggy, scraggy
    having a sharply uneven surface or outline
    having lumps; not smooth and even in texture
    out of true, untrue
    not accurately fitted; not level
    irregular or uneven in quality, texture, etc.
    (of leather) having a rough surface as the result of being treated with a patterned roller
    having an irregular outline
    not straight or parallel
    rough, unsmooth
    having or caused by an irregular surface
    subject to change or variation
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  2. adjective
    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
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  3. adjective
    symmetrically arranged
    even features”
    synonyms: regular
    symmetric, symmetrical
    having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
  4. adjective
    occurring at fixed intervals
    “the even rhythm of his breathing”
    synonyms: regular
    not subject to change or variation especially in behavior
  5. adjective
    of the score in a contest
    synonyms: level, tied
    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  6. verb
    make level or straight
    synonyms: even out, flush, level
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    level to the right gradient
    strickle, strike
    smooth with a strickle
    level off with a strickle in a measuring container
    build up to a level by depositing sediment
    type of:
    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  7. verb
    make even or more even
    synonyms: even out
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    regularise, regularize
    make regular or more regular
  8. verb
    become even or more even
    even out the surface”
    synonyms: even out
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  9. adjective
    divisible by two
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    odd, uneven
    not divisible by two
  10. adverb
    used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected
    “declined even to consider the idea”
    “I don't have even a dollar!”
  11. adverb
    in spite of; notwithstanding
    even when he is sick, he works”
    even with his head start she caught up with him”
  12. adverb
    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
  13. adverb
    to the full extent
    “loyal even unto death”
  14. noun
    the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)
    synonyms: eve, evening, eventide
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    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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