Average Definition

ăvər-ĭj, ăvrĭj
ave, averaged, averages, averaging
noun
averages
A number that typifies a set of numbers of which it is a function.
American Heritage
The numerical result obtained by dividing the sum of two or more quantities by the number of quantities; an arithmetic mean.
Webster's New World
An intermediate level or degree.
Near the average in size.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
The usual or ordinary kind or quality.
Although the wines vary, the average is quite good.
American Heritage
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adjective
Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
American Heritage
Constituting an average.
The average speed is high.
Webster's New World
Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale.
A movie of average length; a player of average ability.
American Heritage
Intermediate in value, rate, etc.; hence, normal or ordinary.
An average student.
Webster's New World
Usual or ordinary in kind or character.
A poll of average people; average eyesight.
American Heritage
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verb
averaged, averages, averaging
To calculate the average of.
Average a set of numbers.
American Heritage
To be or amount to on an average.
The children average six years of age.
Webster's New World
To calculate the average or mean of.
Webster's New World
To do or have an average of.
Averaged three hours of work a day.
American Heritage
To buy or sell additional fixed amounts, as of shares of stock, at lower or higher prices over time so as to get a better average price.
Webster's New World
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other
A number, especially the arithmetic mean, that is derived from and considered typical or representative of a set of numbers.
American Heritage Science
A number arrived at by totaling a set of values and then dividing that sum by the number of values in the set. Averages, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), are cited as a measure of the stock market’s performance. To arrive at the DJIA, the prices of the 30 stocks in the DJIA are added and divided by an adjusted divisor whose value is printed daily in the Wall Street Journal.
Webster's New World Finance
idiom
average out
  • to arrive at an average eventually
Webster's New World
on (the) average
  • as an average quantity, rate, etc.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Average

Noun

Singular:
average
Plural:
averages

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Average

Origin of Average

  • Early Modern English damage to a ship or its cargo, equitable distribution of the expenses from such damage, average from Middle English charge above the cost of freight from Old French avarie from Old Italian avaria duty from Arabic ‘awārīya damaged goods from ‘awār blemish from ‘awira to be damaged ʕwr in Semitic roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French avarie, from Old Italian avaria (which possibly from Arabic عوارية (ʕawārīya, “damaged goods”), from عوار (ʕawār, “fault, blemish, defect, flaw”), from عور (ʕáwira, “to lose an eye”)).

    From Wiktionary

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