av·er·age
ˈa-v(ə-)rij

1

a

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

b

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

a batting average

1

**:**equaling an arithmetic mean

2

a

**:**being about midway between extremes

a man of average height

b

**:**not out of the ordinary

**:**common

on an average day

the average person

averagely
adverb

averageness
noun

averaged; averaging

1

a

**:**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 gray2

**:**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)

3

a

**:**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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