even adverb - definition in the Learner's Dictionary - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “even”

See all translations

even

adverb
 
 
/ˈiːvən/
A2 used to emphasize something that is surprising: Everyone danced, even Mick. I said hello, but he didn't even look at me.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
even better/faster/smaller, etc B1 used when comparing things, to emphasize the difference: I think Alex is going to be even taller than his father.Very and extremeComplete and wholeIntensifying expressions
even if B2 used to emphasize that a particular situation would not change what you have just said: I would never eat meat, even if I was really hungry.Connecting words which express a condition
even though B2 although: He still smokes, even though he's got asthma.Connecting words which express a contrast
even so used to emphasize that something surprising is true despite what you have just said: Car prices have gone down a lot, but even so, we couldn't afford to buy one.Connecting words which express a contrastAlso, extra, and in addition
(Definition of even adverb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “even” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

decider

a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More