eben

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ebenus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

eben m (plural ébens)

  1. ebony (tree, wood, color)

Synonyms[edit]


German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • IPA(key): /eːbən/, [ˈeːbən], [ˈeːbm̩]

Etymology[edit]

The adjective is from Old High German eban, the adverb from ebano; from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz and its adverb equivalent. Cognate with Low German even, Dutch even, effen, English even, Danish jævn.

Adjective[edit]

eben (comparative ebener, superlative am ebensten)

  1. flat, smooth, even (of a surface)

Declension[edit]

Adverb[edit]

eben

  1. (modal particle) so, just, simply, indicating that something is generally known, or cannot be changed, or the like; often untranslatable
    Er ist eben ein Idiot...
    So he′s an idiot...
    Dann müssen wir eben härter arbeiten.
    Then we’ll just have to work harder.
  2. (modal particle) just, quickly, indicating that something is done fast or without much complication
    Ich geh mal eben zur Theke.
    I’ll just go to the bar.
    Könnten Sie mir vielleicht eben helfen?
    Could you maybe help me out really quickly?
  3. (literary, with dieser) exactly, very
    Es sollte eben diese Entscheidung sein, die ihn in den Bankrott treiben würde.
    It would be this very decision that drove him into bankruptcy.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (so, just, simply): halt
  • (just, quickly): kurz
  • (exactly, just): genau

Derived terms[edit]


Turkish[edit]

Noun[edit]

eben

  1. second-person singular possessive form of ebe