Meaning of AVERAGE in English


■ noun

1》 the result obtained by adding several amounts together and then dividing the total by the number of amounts.

2》 a usual or ordinary amount, level, or rate.

3》 Law the apportionment of financial liability resulting from loss of or damage to a ship or its cargo.

■ adjective

1》 constituting an ~.

2》 of the usual or ordinary amount, level, or rate.

↘mediocre: a very ~ movie.

■ verb

1》 amount to or achieve as an ~.

↘calculate or estimate the ~ of.

2》 ( ~ out ) result in an even distribution.


~ly adverb

~ness noun


C15: from Fr. avarie 'damage to ship or cargo', from Ital. avaria , from Arab. ῾awār ; the mod. sense arose from the equitable sharing of liability for losses at sea between the owners of the vessel and of the cargo.

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