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"average" in British English

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averagenoun

uk   /ˈæv.ər.ɪdʒ/  us   /-ɚ-/

average noun (AMOUNT)

B1 [C or U] the ​result you get by ​adding two or more ​amounts together and ​dividing the ​total by the ​number of ​amounts: The average of the three ​numbers 7, 12, and 20 is 13, because the ​total of 7, 12, and 20 is 39, and 39 ​divided by 3 is 13. Prices have ​risen by an average of four ​percent over the past ​year. My income's ​rathervariable, but I ​earn £175 a ​day on average.
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average noun (USUAL STANDARD)

B1 [S or U] a ​standard or ​level that is ​considered to be ​typical or ​usual: The ​audiencefigures were ​lower than average for this ​sort of ​film. In ​westernEurope, a seven to eight-hour ​workingday is about the average. On average, ​people who don't ​smoke are ​healthier than ​people who do. The ​quality of ​candidates was (well) below/above average. I ​expect to ​spend an average of $50 to $60 on a ​meal in a ​restaurant.
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averageverb [T]

uk   /ˈæv.ər.ɪdʒ/  us   /-ɚ-/
to ​reach a ​particularamount as an average: Enquiries to ​ouroffice average 1,000 ​calls a ​month. Many ​doctors average (= ​work an average of) 70 ​hours a ​week. Trainee ​accountants average (= ​earn an average of) £32,000 ​peryear.
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averageadjective

uk   /ˈæv.ər.ɪdʒ/  us   /-ɚ-/

average adjective (AMOUNT)

B1 [before noun] An average ​number is the ​number you get by ​adding two or more ​amounts together and ​dividing the ​total by the ​number of ​amounts: average earnings/​income/​rainfall The average age of the US ​soldiers who ​fought in the Vietnam War was 19.
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average adjective (USUAL)

A2 typical and ​usual: The average ​person on the ​street is a lot ​better off than they were 40 ​years ago. a ​student of average ​ability The ​food was ​fairly average (= not ​excellent, ​although not ​bad).
averagely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He's an averagely ​attractive man.
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"average" in American English

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averagenoun

 us   /ˈæv·rɪdʒ, -ər·ɪdʒ/

average noun (USUAL STANDARD)

[U] a ​standard or ​level that is ​considered to be ​typical or ​usual: The ​quality of her ​work is well above average.

average noun (AMOUNT)

mathematics [C] the ​resultobtained by ​adding two or more ​amounts together and ​dividing the ​total by the ​number of ​amounts, or by another ​total: I’m 35 and my ​brothers are 32 and 26, so the average of ​ourages is 31. In his third ​season on the ​team, he ​raised his ​batting average to .270. Interest ​ratesrose on average to 10.05% in ​January.
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(Definition of average from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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averagenoun

uk   us   /ˈævərɪdʒ/ (written abbreviation av, written abbreviation av., written abbreviation ave)
[C] the ​result that you get by ​adding two or more ​amounts together and ​dividing this ​total by the ​number of ​amounts: daily/monthly/quarterly average Trading was 297 million ​shares, down from the three-month ​daily average of 313 million ​shares. The state's ​unemploymentrate remained well below the national average of 5.7 ​percent.an average of Its ​economy has ​grown at an ​annual average of 3.6% for the past seven ​years. Regulators are careful to ​stress that the ​performancefigures are only averages - some ​companiesperformed better.
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[C or U] a ​level or ​standard that is considered to be typical for a particular ​place, ​group of ​people, ​type of ​business, etc.: above/below (the) average Our ​companies' ​profitability is above the ​sector average. Most of these ​businessesmatchindustry averages in ​jobcreation.
[U] INSURANCE →  partial loss
STOCK MARKET an average that is ​based on a particular ​group of ​companies' ​shares, which is used to ​representchanges in the ​stockmarket or to show which ​types of ​businesses are getting the most ​investors: the ​industrial average
on average typically or usually: On average, only about half of the ​consumers who ​qualify for a ​rebate actually ​collect it.

averageadjective

uk   us   /ˈævərɪdʒ/
used to describe an ​amount that you get by ​adding two or more ​amounts together and then ​dividing by the ​number of ​amounts: average price/cost/value Price ​rises were ​strong in Wales, where the average ​cost of a ​propertyjumped by 31.8%.average age/speed/rate The average age of the 'Times' ​reader is fairly ​low at 42.
typical and usual: The ​cost of ​healthinsurance has ​risen above the ​means of the average ​worker.
not ​bad, but not excellent either: Despite high ​expectations, ​saleslevels last ​quarter were only average.

averageverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈævərɪdʒ/
to ​equal a particular ​rate or ​amount as an average: Traffic on its ​freewebsite averages about 10,000 visitors a month.
to ​calculate the average ​amount of something by ​adding all the ​amounts together and then ​dividing this by the ​number of ​amounts: Each ​quarter, the ​magazinepolls a ​group of ​forecasters and averages their ​predictions for ​economicgrowth.
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