Meaning of “even (sth) out” in the English Dictionary

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"even (sth) out" in British English

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even (sth) out

phrasal verb with even uk /ˈiː.vən/ us /ˈiː.vən/ verb [ T ]

to become equal, or to make something equal:

The league is divided into two skill levels in order to even out the competition.

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  • Her brother also won a scholarship, which evened things out nicely.
  • A last-minute goal by Spain evened out the score to 2-2.
  • There are far more flowers in that vase than in this one - we'd better even them out a bit.
  • It's not fair if Carl has a lot more jobs to do than you, so let's even things out a bit.
  • Instead of having six interviews one day and just one the next day, can't we even them out?

(Definition of “even (sth) out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"even (sth) out" in Business English

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even (sth) out

phrasal verb with even uk /ˈiːvən/ us verb

to become regular or equal, or to make something do this:

Adding money to your portfolio a little at a time will even out a lot of unpredictable fluctuations.
Investors are waiting for the housing market to even itself out.
These differences in pay tend to even out over time.

(Definition of “even (sth) out” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)