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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