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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.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.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.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.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.even though B2 although: Even though he left school at 16, he still managed to become prime minister.
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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 the pound would make it even more difficult to keep inflation low.
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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 somewhat unpleasant, disgusting even. She has always been very kind to me, even generous on occasion.
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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.
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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.
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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). US ( UK evens) equally likely to happen as to not happen: The chances of her getting the job are about evens. used to refer to a situation in which 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 betting I'd take even money on United.
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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.
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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.
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