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"even" in British English

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evenadverb

uk   us   /ˈiː.vən/

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 ​knowlikes 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 ​difficultjob - 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 ​electronicgadgetry, you still need some ​musicalability to write a ​successfulsong.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 ​missyourtrain.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 ​clearinstructions, but even then he ​managed to make a ​mess of it.even so C1 despite what has just been said: I had a ​terribleheadache, but even so I went to the ​concert. An ​immediateinterestcut might give a ​smallboost to the ​economy. Even so, any ​recovery is ​likely to be very ​slow.even though B2 although: Even though he ​leftschool at 16, he still ​managed to ​becomeprimeminister.
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even adverb (EMPHASIS)

B1 used to ​emphasize a ​comparison: The next 36 ​hours will be even ​colder with ​snowshowersbecoming more ​widespread. Any ​devaluation of the ​pound would make it even more ​difficult to ​keepinflationlow.
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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 ​habitssomewhatunpleasant, ​disgusting even. She has always been very ​kind to me, even ​generous on ​occasion.
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evenadjective

uk   us   /ˈiː.vən/

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 ​rateinstead of taking it ​easy one ​day and ​workingflat out the next.
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even adjective (EQUAL)

equal or ​equallybalanced: Both ​sidesplayed well - it was a very even ​contest. The ​weatherforecast said that there's an even ​chance of ​thunderstormstonight (= that it is ​equallylikely that there will or will not be ​storms). US (UK evens) equallylikely 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 ​riskmoney on something where the ​risk is ​equallybalanced, 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 ​wholenumber that can be ​dividedexactly by two: 6 is an even ​number and 7 is an ​oddnumber.
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evenverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈiː.vən/
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 ​whiskyindustry is ​campaigning for the ​taxes on different ​alcoholicdrinks to be evened up.
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(Definition of even from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"even" in American English

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evenadjective

 us   /ˈi·vən/

even adjective (EQUAL)

equal or ​equallybalanced: The ​class has a ​pretty even ​mix of ​boys and ​girls. I ​bought the ​tickets, so if you ​pay for ​dinner we’ll be even (= you will not ​owe me any ​money).

even adjective (CONTINUOUS)

continuous or ​regular: We ​walked at an even ​pace.

even adjective (FLAT)

flat and ​smooth, or on the same ​level: The ​snow was even with the ​kitchendoorstep.

even adjective (NUMBER)

[not gradable] (of ​numbers) ​able to be ​exactlydivided by two: The ​result should be an even ​number.

evenadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈi·vən/

even adverb [not gradable] (EMPHASIS)

used to ​emphasize a ​comparison or the ​unexpected or ​extremecharacteristic of something: Even ​smartpeople can make ​mistakes. She never ​cried – not even when she was ​badlyhurt. Even with a good ​education, you need some ​commonsense to get ​ahead. The new ​service is one of the most ​useful and ​popular on the ​Web. Even ​better, it's ​free to use.

even adverb [not gradable] (MORE EXACTLY)

used when you ​want to be more ​exact or ​detailed about something you have just said: I’d like to get a ​place in the Rocky Mountains, ​maybe Colorado or Montana – Idaho even.

evenverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈi·vən/

even verb [I/T] (EQUAL)

to make ​equal: [T] Tonight’s ​win evens ​theirrecord at 6-6. [M] They ​won the next ​night to even up the ​score. [M] Taking me to the ​movies isn’t going to even things out.
(Definition of even from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"even" in Business English

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evenadjective

uk   us   /ˈiːvən/
happening in a ​smooth, gradual, and ​regular way instead of ​changing a lot or ​changing suddenly: an even rate/pace Share ​prices are continuing to ​rise at an even ​rate.
fair and ​equal: an even trade/deal Both ​parties considered the ​exchange an even ​trade, with each ​propertyvalued at $1.7 million.
an even ten/fifty/hundred, etc. informal used to describe a ​number that ​ends in 0, not more or less than that ​number: "Will you ​sell it for $45?" "Make it an even fifty and you got a ​deal."
on an even keel able to ​stay even and ​regular, and not ​change suddenly: get back/stay/keep on an even keel Investors are hoping the new ​board will ​helpshareprices get back on an even ​keel.
(Definition of even from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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