Essential Meaning of average
1
: a number that is calculated by adding quantities together and then dividing the total by the number of quantities
The average of 16, 8, and 6 is 10. Take all these temperatures and find their average. See More ExamplesAn average of 2,000 people attended the show each night. Prices have increased on average about eight percent. On average, women live longer than men. (US) He saves on the average about five percent of his income.
2
: a level that is typical of a group, class, or series : a middle point between extremes
His work has been better/worse than average. = His work has been above/below average. His work has been above the average.
Full Definition of average
(Entry 1 of 3)
1a
: a single value (such as a mean, mode, or median) that summarizes or represents the general significance of a set of unequal values
b
: mean sense 1b
2a
: an estimation of or approximation to an arithmetic mean
b
: a level (as of intelligence) typical of a group, class, or series
above the average
3
: a ratio expressing the average performance especially of an athletic team or an athlete computed according to the number of opportunities for successful performance
a batting average
on average
or on the average
: taking the typical example of the group under consideration
Prices have increased on average by five percent. [=the average increase has been five percent]
average
adjectiveDefinition of average (Entry 2 of 3)
1
: equaling an arithmetic mean
2a
: being about midway between extremes
a man of average height
b
: not out of the ordinary : common
on an average day the average person
average
verb
averaged; averaging
Definition of average (Entry 3 of 3)
1a
: to be or come to an average
The gain averaged out to 20 percent.
b
: to have a medial value of
colors that average to gray
2
: to buy on a falling market or sell on a rising market additional shares or commodities so as to obtain a more favorable average price
—usually used with down or up
1
: to do, get, or have on the average or as an average sum or quantity
averages 12 hours of work a day
2
: to find the arithmetic mean of (a series of unequal quantities)
3a
: to bring toward the average
b
: to divide among a number according to a size, number, or amount that is directly related to or appropriate for something
average a loss
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The first known use of average was in 1746
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