Meaning of AVERAGE in English

AVERAGE

transcription, транскрипция: [ ævərɪdʒ ]

( averages, averaging, averaged)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

An average is the result that you get when you add two or more numbers together and divide the total by the number of numbers you added together.

Take the average of those ratios and multiply by a hundred.

= mean

N-COUNT

Average is also an adjective.

The average price of goods rose by just 2.2%...

= mean

ADJ : ADJ n

2.

You use average to refer to a number or size that varies but is always approximately the same.

It takes an average of ten weeks for a house sale to be completed.

N-SING : a N of amount

3.

An average person or thing is typical or normal.

The average adult man burns 1,500 to 2,000 calories per day...

ADJ : ADJ n

4.

An amount or quality that is the average is the normal amount or quality for a particular group of things or people.

Most areas suffered more rain than usual, with Northern Ireland getting double the average for the month.

= norm

N-SING : the N

Average is also an adjective.

£2.20 for a beer is average.

...a woman of average height.

ADJ

5.

Something that is average is neither very good nor very bad, usually when you had hoped it would be better.

I was only average academically.

ADJ

6.

To average a particular amount means to do, get, or produce that amount as an average over a period of time.

We averaged 42 miles per hour.

VERB : V n

7.

You say on average or on an average to indicate that a number is the average of several numbers.

American shares rose, on average, by 38%...

PHRASE : PHR with cl

8.

If you say that something is true on average , you mean that it is generally true.

On average, American firms remain the most productive in the world.

PHRASE : PHR with cl

9.

law of averages: see law

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