(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. divisible by two

2. 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

Similar word(s): equal

3. 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

Similar word(s): flat, level, plane, flatbottom, flatbottomed, flush, justified, straight, true, smooth, steady

4. symmetrically arranged

- even features

Similar word(s): symmetric, symmetrical, regular

5. occurring at fixed intervals

- the even rhythm of his breathing

Similar word(s): steady, regular

6. of the score in a contest

Similar word(s): equal, level, tied

Sentences with even as an adjective:

- Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.

- Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.

- The distribution of food must be even.

- Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.

- You biffed me back at the barn, and I biffed you here—so now we're even.


1. 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!

2. in spite of; notwithstanding

- even when he is sick, he works

- even with his head start she caught up with him

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

- looked sick and felt even worse

- an even (or still) more interesting problem

Similar word(s): still, yet

4. to the full extent

- loyal even unto death

Sentences with even as an adverb:

- I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.  You are leaving tonight? — Even so.  This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you.

- Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.  Did you even make it through the front door?  That was before I was even born.

- I was strong before; but now I am even stronger.

- My favorite actor is Jack Nicklaus. Jack Nicholson, even.


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

- he enjoyed the evening light across the lake

Similar word(s): eve, evening, eventide

Definition categories: time, day, daylight, daytime


1. make level or straight

Similar word(s): flush, level

Definition categories: contact

2. become even or more even

- even out the surface

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

3. make even or more even

Definition categories: change, regularise, regularize

Sentences with even as a verb:

- We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.