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Definition of even adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    even

     adverb
    adverb
    NAmE//ˈivən//
     
     
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  1. 1used to emphasize something 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.
  2. 2used 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.
  3. 3used to introduce a more exact description of someone or something It's an unattractive building, ugly even. Which Word?although / even though / though You can use these words to show contrast between two clauses or two sentences. You can use although, even though, and though at the beginning of a sentence or clause that has a verb. Notice where the commas go:Although/Even though/Though everyone played well, we lost the game. We lost the game, although/even though/though everyone played well. You cannot use even on its own instead of although, even though, or though at the beginning of a sentence or clause:Even everyone played well, we lost the game.
  4. Idioms
    even as (formal)
     
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    just at the same time as someone does something or as something else happens Even as he shouted the warning, the car skidded.
    even if/though
     
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    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. Which Word?although / even though / though You can use these words to show contrast between two clauses or two sentences. You can use although, even though, and though at the beginning of a sentence or clause that has a verb. Notice where the commas go:Although/Even though/Though everyone played well, we lost the game. We lost the game, although/even though/though everyone played well. You cannot use even on its own instead of although, even though, or though at the beginning of a sentence or clause:Even everyone played well, we lost the game.
      even now/then
       
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    1. 1despite what has/had happened I've shown him the photos, but even now he won't believe me. Even then she would not admit her mistake.
    2. 2(formal) at this or that exact moment The troops are even now preparing to march into the city.
    despite that There are a lot of spelling mistakes; even so, it's a very good essay.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: even