## averages Definition

- 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
- 2a result that is typical or common

## Using averages: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "averages" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

Example

The average of 2, 3, and 5 is 3.33.

Example

The average age of the students in the class is 20.

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The company's profits are above/below the industry average.

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On average, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the test.

## averages Synonyms and Antonyms

## Phrases with averages

### above/below average

better or worse than what is typical or expected

Example

Her grades are above average for her age group.

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The weather should average out to be around 70 degrees this week.

Example

To determine the average, add up all the numbers and divide by the total count.

## Origins of averages

from Old French 'avarie', meaning 'damage to ship or goods'

## Summary: averages in Brief

'Averages' [ˈævərɪdʒɪz] refer to a number expressing the central or typical value in a set of data, usually calculated as the mean. It can also denote a result that is typical or common, as in 'The company's profits are above/below the industry average.' Phrases like 'above/below average' and 'average out' use 'average' to describe something better or worse than what is typical or expected.