Average - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈævərɪdʒ|  American pronunciation of the word average
Brit.  |ˈav(ə)rɪdʒ|  British pronunciation of the word average

noun

- a statistic describing the location of a distribution (syn: norm)
- (sports) the ratio of successful performances to opportunities
- an intermediate scale value regarded as normal or usual

verb

- amount to or come to an average, without loss or gain
- achieve or reach on average
- compute the average of

adjective

- approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value(syn: mean)
- lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered(syn: ordinary)
- lacking exceptional quality or ability(syn: fair, mediocre, middling)
- around the middle of a scale of evaluation(syn: intermediate, medium)
- relating to or constituting the most frequent value in a distribution (syn: modal)
- 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) (syn: median)

Examples

These districts by no means represent the average character of Greece.

The age of the candidates ranged from 29 to 49 with an average age of 37.

The average cost of making a movie has risen by 15%.

Last winter was colder than average.

The cars were being sold at an average price of $11000.

They have an average-size front garden and a large rear garden.

He was in his late twenties and of average height.

The average American has not even thought about next year's election.

In an average week I drive about 250 miles.

The average of 3, 8 and 10 is 7.

Each person raised an average of £60 to plant an acre of trees.

The December figures brought the annual average for 2001 up to 10.6 per cent.

The water in the lake is not particularly deep, averaging about 12 metres.

The airport averages about a thousand flights a month.

Inflation averaged just under 2.8% per year.

Phrasal verbs

average out  — compute the average of

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: average
he/she/it: averages
present participle: averaging
past tense: averaged
past participle: averaged
noun
singular: average
plural: averages
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