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adjective even pronunciation in British English /ˈiːv(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    flat and level, without any holes or raised areas

    the smooth even surface of the snow

    The table kept wobbling because the floor wasn’t quite even.

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  2. 2
    not changing much in rate, level, or amount

    The room should be kept at an even temperature.

    He was perfectly relaxed, and his breathing was quiet and even.

  3. 3
    equal in amount

    the need for a more even balance between work and recreation

    1. a.
      involving two people or groups who are equal in ability, skill, or achievement

      The first half of the game was a good even contest.

  4. 5
    calm and controlled

    ‘I think you are mistaken,’ Theresa said, in an even tone.

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  5. 6
    an even number can be divided exactly by two. For example 2, 4, and 6 are even numbers.

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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