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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

av•er•ageˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ(n.; adj.; v.)-aged, -ag•ing.

  1. (n.)a quantity, rating, or the like that represents or approximates an arithmetic mean: a golf average in the 90's. a number or value intermediate to a set of numbers or values.

    Category: Math, Common Vocabulary

    Ref: Compare grade point average.; arithmetic mean.

  2. a typical or usual amount, rate, degree, level, etc.; norm.

  3. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or forming an average; estimated by average:

    the average rainfall.

  4. typical; common; ordinary:

    the average person.

  5. (v.t.)to find an average value for (a variable quantity); reduce to a mean.

  6. (of a variable quantity) to have as an arithmetic mean:

    Wheat averages 56 pounds to a bushel.

  7. to do or have on the average:

    to average seven hours of sleep a night.

  8. (v.i.)to have or show an average.

Idioms for average:

  1. on the or an average,usually; typically.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of average:

1485–95; late ME averay charge on goods shipped, orig. duty (< MF avarie < early It avaria < Ar ‘awārīyah damaged merchandise), with -age r. -ay


Princeton's WordNet

  1. average, norm(noun)

    a statistic describing the location of a distribution

    "it set the norm for American homes"

  2. average(noun)

    (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities

  3. average(adj)

    an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual

    "he is about average in height"; "the snowfall this month is below average"

  4. average, mean(a)(adj)

    approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value

    "the average income in New England is below that of the nation"; "of average height for his age"; "the mean annual rainfall"

  5. average, ordinary(adj)

    lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

    "average people"; "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"

  6. average, fair, mediocre, middling(adj)

    lacking exceptional quality or ability

    "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"

  7. average, intermediate, medium(adj)

    around the middle of a scale of evaluation

    "an orange of average size"; "intermediate capacity"; "medium bombers"

  8. modal(a), average(adj)

    relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution

    "the modal age at which American novelists reach their peak is 30"

  9. median(a), average(verb)

    relating to or constituting the middle value of an ordered set of values (or the average of the middle two in a set with an even number of values)

    "the median value of 17, 20, and 36 is 20"; "the median income for the year was $15,000"

  10. average, average out(verb)

    amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain

    "The number of hours I work per work averages out to 40"

  11. average(verb)

    achieve or reach on average

    "He averaged a C"

  12. average, average out(verb)

    compute the average of

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. average(adjective)ˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    normal or usual

    just an average boy

  2. averageˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    not very good

    a pretty average meal

  3. averageˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    calculated by finding the average of two or more numbers

    an average speed of 30 miles/hour; average temperatures for the season

  4. average(noun)ˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    the normal amount or rate

    the national average; an above average score in math

  5. averageˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    an amount that is the result of adding two or more numbers and dividing the sum by the number of things you added together

    spending an average of $400 per month

  6. averageˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    indicates what is usual

    On average, women live longer than men.

  7. average(verb)ˈæv ər ɪdʒ, ˈæv rɪdʒ

    to do or have as a normal level or rate

    averaging about $300 a night in earnings


  1. average(Noun)

    The arithmetic mean.

    The average of 10, 20 and 24 is (10 + 20 + 24)/3 = 18.

  2. average(Noun)

    Any measure of central tendency, especially any mean, the median, or the mode (see Usage notes below).

  3. average(Noun)

    An indication of a player's ability calculated from his scoring record, etc.

    batting average

  4. average(Verb)

    To compute the arithmetic mean of.

    If you average 10, 20 and 24, you get 18.

  5. average(Verb)

    Over a period of time or across members of a population, to have or generate a mean value of.

    The daily high temperature last month averaged 15C.

  6. average(Adjective)

    Constituting or relating to the average.

    The average age of the participants was 18.5.

  7. average(Adjective)

    Neither very good nor very bad; rated somewhere in the middle of all others in the same category.

    I soon found I was only an average chess player.

  8. average(Adjective)


  9. average(Adjective)

    Not outstanding, not good, banal; bad or poor.

  10. Origin: From avarie, from avaria, from عوارية, from عوار, from عور.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Average(noun)

    that service which a tenant owed his lord, to be done by the work beasts of the tenant, as the carriage of wheat, turf, etc

  2. Average(noun)

    a tariff or duty on goods, etc

  3. Average(noun)

    any charge in addition to the regular charge for freight of goods shipped

  4. Average(noun)

    a contribution to a loss or charge which has been imposed upon one of several for the general benefit; damage done by sea perils

  5. Average(noun)

    the equitable and proportionate distribution of loss or expense among all interested

  6. Average(noun)

    a mean proportion, medial sum or quantity, made out of unequal sums or quantities; an arithmetical mean. Thus, if A loses 5 dollars, B 9, and C 16, the sum is 30, and the average 10

  7. Average(noun)

    any medial estimate or general statement derived from a comparison of diverse specific cases; a medium or usual size, quantity, quality, rate, etc

  8. Average(noun)

    in the English corn trade, the medial price of the several kinds of grain in the principal corn markets

  9. Average(adj)

    pertaining to an average or mean; medial; containing a mean proportion; of a mean size, quality, ability, etc.; ordinary; usual; as, an average rate of profit; an average amount of rain; the average Englishman; beings of the average stamp

  10. Average(adj)

    according to the laws of averages; as, the loss must be made good by average contribution

  11. Average(verb)

    to find the mean of, when sums or quantities are unequal; to reduce to a mean

  12. Average(verb)

    to divide among a number, according to a given proportion; as, to average a loss

  13. Average(verb)

    to do, accomplish, get, etc., on an average

  14. Average(verb)

    to form, or exist in, a mean or medial sum or quantity; to amount to, or to be, on an average; as, the losses of the owners will average twenty five dollars each; these spars average ten feet in length


  1. Average

    In colloquial language average usually means the sum of a list of numbers divided by the size of the list, in other words the arithmetic mean. However it can alternatively mean the median, the mode, or some other central or typical value. In statistics, these are all known as measures of central tendency. The concept of an average can be extended in various ways in mathematics, but in those contexts it is usually referred to as a mean

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1694

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1999

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Nouns Frequency: #1146

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'average' in Adjectives Frequency: #211

Translations for average

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


obtained by finding the average of amounts etc

average price; the average temperature for the week.

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