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even

adverb uk   /ˈiː.vən/ us  

even adverb (SURPRISE)

A2 used to show that something is surprising, unusual, unexpected, or extreme: I don't even know where it is. Everyone I know likes the smell of bacon - even Mike does and he's a vegetarian. We were all on time - even Chris and he's usually late for everything. It's a very difficult job - it might even take a year to finish it. "I never cry." "Not even when you hurt yourself really badly?" Even with a load of electronic gadgetry, you still need some musical ability to write a successful song.Expressions of surprise even as at the same time as: I tried to reason with him, but even as I started to explain what had happened he stood up to leave.Simultaneous and consecutiveOrder and sequence even if B2 used to say that if something is the case or not, the result is the same: Even if you take a taxi, you'll still miss your train.Connecting words which express a condition even now/then despite something: I've thought about it so much, but even now I can't believe how lucky I was to survive the accident. I gave Jim very clear instructions, but even then he managed to make a mess of it.Now even so C1 despite what has just been said: I had a terrible headache, but even so I went to the concert. An immediate interest cut might give a small boost to the economy. Even so, any recovery is likely to be very slow.Connecting words which express a contrast even though B2 although: Even though he left school at 16, he still managed to become prime minister.Connecting words which express a contrast

even adverb (EMPHASIS)

B1 used to emphasize a comparison: The next 36 hours will be even colder with snow showers becoming more widespread. Any devaluation of sterling would make it even more difficult to keep inflation low.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions

even adverb (MORE EXACTLY)

used when you want to be more exact or detailed about something you have just said: I find some of his habits rather unpleasant, disgusting even. She has always been very kind to me, even generous on occasion.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
Grammar

even

adjective uk   /ˈiː.vən/ us  

even adjective (FLAT)

flat and smooth, or on the same level: We resurfaced the floor because it wasn't even.Straight, even and level

even adjective (CONTINUOUS)

continuous or regular: You should try to work at an even rate instead of taking it easy one day and working flat out the next.Straight, even and level

even adjective (EQUAL)

equal or equally balanced: Both sides played well - it was a very even contest. The weather forecast said that there's an even chance of thunderstorms tonight (= that it is equally likely that there will or will not be storms).Similar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities US (UK evens) equally likely to happen as to not happen: The chances of her getting the job are about evens.Possible and probableStatistics describes a situation where you risk money on something where the risk is equally balanced, and will pay back twice the amount of money that is paid if it is successful: an even bet If I were having a bet I'd take even money on United.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risks

even adjective (NUMBER)

forming a whole number that can be divided exactly by two: 6 is an even number and 7 is an odd number.Terms for numbers

even

verb [T] uk   /ˈiː.vən/ us  
to make two things equal: Sheila was awarded a scholarship in Chemistry, and now her brother has evened the score with a scholarship in Economics. The whisky industry is campaigning for the taxes on different alcoholic drinks to be evened up.Being or appearing similar or the same
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of even from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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