## Definition of average

**:**a single value (such as a mean, mode, or median) that summarizes or represents the general significance of a set of unequal values

**:**mean 1b

**:**an estimation of or approximation to an arithmetic mean

**:**a level (as of intelligence) typical of a group, class, or series

- above the average

**:**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]