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Etymology 1

Old English efen (adjective), efnan (verb).

Adjective

even (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
even

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. Flat and level.
    Clear out those rocks. The surface must be even.
  2. Without great variation.
    Despite her fear, she spoke in an even voice.
  3. Equal in proportion, quantity, size etc.
    The distribution of food must be even.
  4. (arithmetic) (no comparative or superlative) Leaving no remainder when divided by 2.
    Four, fourteen and forty are even numbers.
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Verb

Infinitive
to even

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to even (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To make flat and level.
    We need to even this playing field; the west goal is too low.
Synonyms

(to make flat and level): flatten, level

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Etymology 2

Old English efne.

Adverb

even (no comparative or superlative)

  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) exactly, just, fully
    I fulfilled my instructions even as I had promised.
    You are leaving tonight? — Even so.
  2. Implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality
    Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn sometimes.
    Did you even make it through the front door?
    That was before I was even born.
  3. Emphasising a comparative
    I was strong before; but now I am even stronger.
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Etymology 3

Old English ǣfen. Cognate with Dutch avond, German Abend.

Noun

Singular
even

Plural
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even ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Evening.
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Dutch

Adverb

even

  1. "shortly", as in "no problem"; briefly
    Ik zal even voor u kijken. — I shall look (it up) for you shortly.
  2. for a short period, for a moment
    In de tweede helft van de 19e eeuw bloeide Vollenhove weer even op.[1] — In the second half of the 19th century, Vollenhove flourished again briefly.

Abbreviations

Adjective

even

  1. even, opposite of odd

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