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Meaning of “uneven” in the English Dictionary

"uneven" in British English

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unevenadjective

uk   us   /ʌnˈiː.vən/
  • uneven adjective (NOT EVEN)

C2 not ​level, ​equal, ​flat, or ​continuous: Be ​careful on that ​path - the ​pavingstones are uneven. There is an uneven ​distribution of ​wealthacross the ​country from the ​north to the ​south. The ​contest was very uneven - the other ​team was much ​stronger than us.

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unevenly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The two ​boxers were unevenly ​matched.
unevenness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
(Definition of uneven from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"uneven" in American English

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unevenadjective

 us   /ʌnˈi·vən/
  • uneven adjective (NOT EQUAL)

not ​even : The ​contest was uneven because one ​team was much ​stronger than the other.
  • uneven adjective (NOT FLAT)

not ​even : an uneven ​surface
  • uneven adjective (NOT GOOD)

varying in ​quality; not always good: It’s an uneven ​movie, but some of the ​scenes are hilariously ​funny.
(Definition of uneven from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"uneven" in Business English

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unevenadjective

uk   us   /ʌnˈiːvən/
not ​following a ​regular or ​steadypattern, or not the same in every ​part: The ​regionalimpact of the ​fall in ​houseprices is uneven, with ​modestdeclinespredicted in the south-east, while ​values are set to ​fall much more ​sharply in the south-west. Politicians should be ​trying to ​tackleissues of ​economic fairness, such as the uneven ​distribution of ​benefits in the ​globalfinancialsystem. uneven ​progress/​recovery/​expansion
an uneven playing field a ​situation that is ​unfair because not everyone has the same chance of ​succeeding: Union ​officials are worried that ​negotiatingseparatedeals with each ​site will ​create an uneven playing ​field.
unevenness
noun [U] /ʌnˈIːvənnəs/
The unevenness in ​licensingstandardsshows the ​value of having the ​state interpret a ​single set of ​regulations.
(Definition of uneven from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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