av|e|rage1 W2S2 [ˈævərıdʒ] adj
1.) the average amount is the amount you get when you add together several quantities and divide this by the total number of quantities
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.
2.) an average amount or quantity is not unusually big or small
They have an average-size front garden and a large rear garden.
of average height/build/intelligence etc
He was in his late twenties and of average height.
3.) having qualities that are typical of most people or things
The average American has not even thought about next year's election.
In an average week I drive about 250 miles.
4.) neither very good nor very bad
average 2
average2 S2 n
[Date: 1700-1800; Origin: average '(fair sharing out of costs resulting from) damage to or loss of a ship or the goods it carries' (15-20 centuries), from French avarie, from Arabic 'awariyah 'damaged goods']
the amount calculated by adding together several quantities, and then dividing this amount by the total number of quantities
average of
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.
2.) on average
based on a calculation about how many times something usually happens, how much money someone usually gets, how often people usually do something etc
On average, men still earn more than women.
Nearly 80% of Swiss citizens on average turn out to vote.
3.) [U and C]
the usual level or amount for most people or things
Streets in the town centre are wider than the average.
above/below average
The school's eighth-graders are above average in science.
The murder rate in the city has risen to four times the national average .
law of averages atlaw
average 3
average3 v [linking verb]
1.) to usually do something or usually happen a particular number of times, or to usually be a particular size or amount
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.
2.) to calculate the average of figures
The rate of growth was averaged over a period of three years.
average out phr v
1.) if something averages out at a particular figure, it has that figure as an average over a period of time
average out at
Training costs for last year averaged out at £5,100 per trainee.
The government's share of the cost was intended to average out at 25%.
2.) average sth<=>out
to calculate the average of something
I averaged out the total increase at about 10%.

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