Simple Definition of average

: a number that is calculated by adding quantities together and then dividing the total by the number of quantities

: a level that is typical of a group, class, or series : a middle point between extremes
Full Definition of average
1 a : a single value (as a mean, mode, or median) that summarizes or represents the general significance of a set of unequal values b : mean 1b
2 a : 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
: taking the typical example of the group under consideration <prices have increased on average by five percent>
Examples of average
The average of 16, 8, and 6 is 10.
Take all these temperatures and find their average.
An 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.
His work has been above the average.
Origin of average
from earlier average proportionally distributed charge for damage at sea, modification of Middle French avarie damage to ship or cargo, from Old Italian avaria, from Arabic ʽawārīya damaged merchandise
First Known Use: 1732
Synonym Discussion of average
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average
Simple Definition of average

: calculated by adding quantities together and then dividing by the number of quantities

: ordinary or usual

: not unusually large or small
Examples of average
Take all these temperatures and find their average temperature.
The investment had a higher average return.
The average age of the company's employees is 36.
The average woman lives longer than the average man.
Do you know what the average person earns?
the average American family buyer
Sales were about average for the industry on the whole.
Average grades are not good enough to get you into graduate school.
She was an average student.
She thought the performance was just average.
1770
First Known Use of average
1770
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
average
Simple Definition of average

: to have (a specified number) as an average

: to calculate the average of (something)
Full Definition of average
av·er·agedav·er·ag·ing
intransitive verb
1 a : to be or come to an average <the gain averaged out to 20 percent> b : to have a medial value of <a color averaging a pale purple>
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
transitive verb
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)
3 a : to bring toward the average b : to divide among a number proportionately
Examples of average
The teacher averaged the students' grades.
What figure do you get when you average the amount of rainfall for the last three months?
1769
First Known Use of average
1769
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