Average meaning

ăvər-ĭj, ăvrĭj
Average is defined as a value found by adding all of the numbers in a set together and then dividing them by the quantity of numbers in the set.

Six is an example of the average of five and seven.

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The definition of average is typical or common.

A person with brown hair, brown eyes, medium build and medium height is an example of an average individual.

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(mathematics) Of, relating to, or constituting an average.
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To invest, as in shares of stock, fixed amounts of money at regular intervals so as to buy more at lower prices and less at higher prices.
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(nautical) Small expenses or charges that are usually paid by the master of a ship.
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Being intermediate between extremes, as on a scale.

A movie of average length; a player of average ability.

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Usual or ordinary in kind or character.

A poll of average people; average eyesight.

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Assessed in accordance with the law of averages.
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(mathematics) To calculate the average of.

Average a set of numbers.

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To do or have an average of.

Averaged three hours of work a day.

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(sports) An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.

Batting average.

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To distribute proportionately.

Average one's income over four years so as to minimize the tax rate.

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To be or amount to an average.

Some sparrows are six inches long, but they average smaller. Our expenses averaged out to 45 dollars per day.

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The numerical result obtained by dividing the sum of two or more quantities by the number of quantities; an arithmetic mean.
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Usual or normal kind, amount, quality, rate, etc.

An intelligence above the average.

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A number or value of a set of values carefully defined to typify the set, as a median or mode.
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Intermediate in value, rate, etc.; hence, normal or ordinary.

An average student.

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To be or amount to on an average.

The children average six years of age.

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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.
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To calculate the average or mean of.
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To do, take, etc. on an average.

To average six hours of sleep a night.

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To divide proportionately among more than two.

They averaged the loss among themselves.

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A number, especially the arithmetic mean, that is derived from and considered typical or representative of a set of numbers.
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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.
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(law, marine) Financial loss due to damage to transported goods; compensation for damage or loss. [From 15th C.]
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Customs duty or similar charge payable on transported goods.
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Proportional or equitable distribution of financial expense.
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(mathematics) The arithmetic mean.

The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.

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(statistics) Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode.
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(UK, in the plural) In the corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets.
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(not comparable) Constituting or relating to the average.

The average age of the participants was 18.5.

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Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.

I soon found I was only an average chess player.

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Typical.

The average family will not need the more expensive features of this product.

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(informal) Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.
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(informal) To compute the arithmetic mean of.

If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.

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Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.

The daily high temperature last month averaged 15°C.

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(sports) The ratio of a team's or player's successful performances such as wins, hits, or goals, divided by total opportunities for successful performance, such as games, times at bat, or shots.

Finished the season with a .500 average; a batting average of .274.

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To divide among a number, according to a given proportion.

To average a loss.

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Constituting an average.

The average speed is high.

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average out
  • to arrive at an average eventually
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on (the) average
  • as an average quantity, rate, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

on (the) 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