Language: | Old English |

Origin: | efen |

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1## level

flat and level, with no parts that are higher than other parts [≠ uneven]:

The floor must be completely even before we lay the tiles.

He had lovely white, even teeth.

2## not changing

an even rate, speed, or temperature is steady and does not change :

The room is kept at an even temperature.

Wood burns at a fairly even rate.

3## divided equally

divided equally, so that there is the same amount of something in each place, for each person etc :

Divide the dough into three even amounts.

an even distribution of wealth

4## number

HMN an even number can be divided exactly by two [≠ odd]:

2, 4, 6 and 8 are even numbers.

5## competition

having teams or competitors that are equally good so that everyone has a chance of winning :

The first half was very even, and neither side scored.

an even contest

6## scores

if the score in a game is even, two teams or players have the same number of points :

At the end of the first half the score is even.

7## be even

informal to no longer owe someone something, especially money :

If you give me $5, we'll be even.

8## calm

calm and controlled, and not extreme :

He read most of the speech in an even tone.

9## an even chance

a situation in which it is just as likely that something will happen as not happen :

We knew there was an even chance that the operation would fail.

10## get even (with somebody)

informal to do something unpleasant to someone to punish them for something that they did to you [= get revenge (on somebody)]:

I'll get even with him one day.

11## break even

to neither make a profit nor lose money : ➔ even-tempered

We're hoping that we'll at least break even, and perhaps make a small profit.

Definition of even from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English within

the topic NUMBERS

the topic NUMBERS

add
addition
bi-
billion
calculate
constant
D
demi-
division
eight
eleven
equal(a)
equal(v)
even
factor(n)
factor(v)
fifth
fig.
figure
five
four
fourth
gross
hundred
L
M
million
multiple
-nd
negative
nine
No.
nos.
number
O
one
pi
plot
point
positive
product
-rd
root
round
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second
set
six
square(n)
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sum
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three
tri-
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twice
unit
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X
zero

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