used to emphasize sth unexpected or surprising
He never even opened the letter (= so he certainly didn't read it) .
It was cold there even in summer (= so it must have been very cold in winter) .
Even a child can understand it (= so adults certainly can) .
She didn't even call to say she wasn't coming.
used when you are comparing things, to make the comparison stronger
You know even less about it than I do.
She's even more intelligent than her sister.
used to introduce a more exact description of sb/sth
It's an unattractive building, ugly even.
just at the same time as sb does sth or as sth else happens
Even as he shouted the warning the car skidded.
despite the fact or belief that; no matter whether
I'll get there, even if I have to walk.
I like her, even though she can be annoying at times.
despite what has/had happened
I've shown him the photographs but even now he won't believe me.
Even then she would not admit her mistake.
at this or that exact moment
The troops are even now preparing to march into the city.
There are a lot of spelling mistakes; even so, it's quite a good essay.
and certainly not
No explanation was offered, still less an apology.
smooth, level and flat
You need an even surface to work on.
not changing very much in amount, speed, etc.
an even temperature all year
Children do not learn at an even pace.
of an amount of sth
equal or the same for each person, team, place, etc.
Our scores are now even.
the even distribution of food
of two people or teams
equally balanced or of an equal standard
an even contest
The two players were pretty even.
that can be divided exactly by two
4, 6, 8, 10 are all even numbers .
equally spaced and the same size
calm; not changing or becoming upset
She has a very even temperament.
He spoke in a steady, even voice.
to no longer owe sb money or a favour
to cause sb the same amount of trouble or harm as they have caused you
I'll get even with you for this, just you wait.
to complete a piece of business, etc. without either losing money or making a profit
The company just about broke even last year.
to be equally likely to do or not do sth
She has more than an even chance of winning tomorrow.
living, working or happening in a calm way, with no sudden changes, especially after a difficult time
to harm or punish sb who has harmed or cheated you in the past
to become level or steady, usually after varying a lot
House prices keep rising and falling but they should eventually even out.
to spread things equally over a period of time or among a number of people
He tried to even out the distribution of work among his employees.
to make a situation or a competition more equal