average

I UK [ˈæv(ə)rɪdʒ] / US noun
Word forms "average":
singular average plural averages
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1) [countable/uncountable] the amount, level, standard etc that is typical of a group of people or things

Incomes here are nowhere near the national average.

above/below average:

Her performance in the test was way below average.

2) [singular/uncountable] maths an amount that is calculated by adding several numbers together and dividing the total by the original number of things you added together

Add 20, 10, and 30 and find the average.

average of:

Each of the people in the study lost an average of six pounds in weight.


II UK [ˈæv(ə)rɪdʒ] / US adjective ***
1) around a usual or ordinary level or standard

a child of average intelligence

He's about average height.

a) neither good nor bad

The standard of the work overall was average.

b) like most others of the same type

The average child spends around ten hours a week watching television.

2) not very good

a decidedly average performance

3) [only before noun] maths calculated by adding a group of numbers together and dividing the total by the amount of numbers

winds with an average speed of 15 miles per hour


Derived word:
averagely
adverb
III UK [ˈæv(ə)rɪdʒ] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "average":
present tense I/you/we/they average he/she/it averages present participle averaging past tense averaged past participle averaged
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to usually do, have, involve etc a particular level or amount

It's a small shop, averaging about 500 customers a week.

The cost of developing a new drug now averages around £500 million.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

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