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English definition of “even”

even

adjective
 
 
/ˈiːvən/
FLAT flat, level, or smooth: Find an even surface to work on. → Opposite unevenStraight, even and level
NOT CHANGING An even temperature or rate is regular and does not change very much: Walking at an even pace, they covered about four miles in the first hour.Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed
NUMBER An even number is a number that can be exactly divided by two, for example four, six, or eight. → Opposite oddNumbers generally
MONEY informal not now owing someone money: If you pay for my cinema ticket, we'll be even.Borrowing, lending and debt
COMPETITION An even race or competition is one that both players, teams, or people involved have an equal chance of winning.Gambling and bookmakingTaking risksScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
get even (with sb) informal If you get even with someone who has done something bad to you, you do something bad to them.Revenge and vengefulness
(Definition of even adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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