constituting the result obtained by adding together several amounts and then dividing this total by the number of amounts:the average temperature in May was 4°C below normal
of the usual or ordinary amount, standard, level, or rate:a woman of average height
having qualities that are seen as typical of a particular person, group, or thing:the average lad likes a good night out
mediocre; not very good:a very average director making very average movies
1a number expressing the central or typical value in a set of data, in particular the mode, median, or (most commonly) the mean, which is calculated by dividing the sum of the values in the set by their number:the proportion of over-60s is above the EU average of 19 per cent
an amount, standard, level, or rate regarded as usual or ordinary:underground water reserves are below averagethey take about thirty minutes on average
2 [mass noun] the apportionment of financial liability resulting from loss of or damage to a ship or its cargo.
reduction in the amount payable under an insurance policy, e.g. in respect of partial loss.
amount to or achieve as an average rate or amount over a period of time; mean:annual inflation averaged 2.4 per cent
calculate or estimate the average of:the women earned only £35 weekly when their seasonal earnings were averaged out
[no object] (average out) result in an even distribution; even out:it is reasonable to hope that the results will average out
[no object] (average out at/to) result in an average figure of:the cost should average out at about £6 per page