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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Even \E"ven\ ([=e]v"'n) n. [OE. eve, even, efen, [ae]fen. AS.
   [=ae]fen; akin to OS. [=a]band, OFries, [=a]vend, D. avond,
   OHG. [=a]band, Icel. aptan, Sw. afton, Dan. aften; of unknown
   origin. Cf. Eve, Evening.]
   Evening. See Eve, n. 1. [Poetic.] --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Even \E"ven\, a. [AS. efen. efn; akin to OS. eban, D. even, OHG.
   eban, G. efen, Icel. jafn, Dan. jevn, Sw. j[aum]mn, Goth.
   ibns. Cf. Anent, Ebb.]
   1. Level, smooth, or equal in surface; not rough; free from
      irregularities; hence uniform in rate of motion of action;
      as, even ground; an even speed; an even course of conduct.
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   2. Equable; not easily ruffled or disturbed; calm; uniformly
      self-possessed; as, an even temper.
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   3. Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
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            And shall lay thee even with the ground. --Luke xix.
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   4. Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to
      both sides; owing nothing on either side; -- said of
      accounts, bargains, or persons indebted; as, our accounts
      are even; an even bargain.
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            To make the even truth in pleasure flow. --Shak.
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   5. Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure. "I know
      my life so even." --Shak.
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   6. Associate; fellow; of the same condition. [Obs.] "His even
      servant." --Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 29).
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   7. Not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder;
      -- said of numbers; as, 4 and 10 are even numbers.
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            Whether the number of the stars is even or odd.
                                                  --Jer. Taylor.
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   On even ground, with equal advantage.

   On even keel (Naut.), in a level or horizontal position.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Even \E"ven\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evened; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Evening]
   1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.
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            His temple Xerxes evened with the soil. --Sir. W.
                                                  Raleigh.
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            It will even all inequalities         --Evelyn.
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   2. To equal. [Obs.] "To even him in valor." --Fuller.
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   3. To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a
      state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance,
      as accounts; to make quits; to make equal; as, to even the
      score. --Shak.
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   4. To set right; to complete.
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   5. To act up to; to keep pace with. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Even \E"ven\, v. i.
   To be equal. [Obs.] --R. Carew.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Even \E"ven\, adv. [AS. efne. See Even, a., and cf. E'en.]
   1. In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally;
      precisely; just; likewise; as well. "Is it even so?"
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            Even so did these Gauls possess the coast.
                                                  --Spenser.
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   2. Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much
      as; fully; quite.
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            Thou wast a soldier
            Even to Cato's wish.                  --Shak.
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            Without . . . making us even sensible of the change.
                                                  --Swift.
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   3. As might not be expected; -- serving to introduce what is
      unexpected or less expected.
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            I have made several discoveries, which appear new,
            even to those who are versed in critical learning.
                                                  --Addison.
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   4. At the very time; in the very case.
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            I knew they were bad enough to please, even when I
            wrote them.                           --Dryden.
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   Note: Even is sometimes used to emphasize a word or phrase.
         "I have debated even in my soul." --Shak.
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               By these presence, even the presence of Lord
               Mortimer.                          --Shak.
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