Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
1. To gain or regain balance, stability, or uniformity. The two curtains will even out once I straighten the curtain rod. I know you're jealous of your brother's later curfew, but don't worry, things will even out when you're older.
2. To make something more balanced, stable, or uniform. A noun or pronoun can be used between "even" and "out." Even out the table cloth so that it doesn't hang so low on that side, will you? If you're prone to redness, you really need a moisturizer that will even out your skin tone. I know you're jealous of your brother's later curfew, but don't worry, your father and I will even things out when you're older.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
even something out
to make something even or level. Please even the gravel out. They evened out the surface of the road.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. To make something more balanced or equitable: The typesetter evened out the columns so that they were both 60 lines long. The barber evened my hair out in back.
2. To become more balanced or equitable: I'll pay for the appetizers and dessert if you pay for the meal—that way everything evens out.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mod. back to normal; restored to sanity. Finally, at about age thirty, you could say that Sam was evened out.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.