average
nounDefinition 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
: 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
verbDefinition 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 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
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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