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Definition of average verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    average

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they average
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒ//
     
    he / she / it averages
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒɪz//
     
    past simple averaged
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒd//
     
    past participle averaged
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒd//
     
    -ing form averaging
    BrE BrE//ˈævərɪdʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈævərɪdʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1average something [no passive] to be equal to a particular amount as an average Economic growth is expected to average 2% next year. Drivers in London can expect to average about 12 miles per hour (= to have that as their average speed).
  2. 2average something to calculate the average of something Earnings are averaged over the whole period.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from French avarie ‘damage to ship or cargo’, earlier ‘customs duty’, from Italian avaria, from Arabic ‘awār ‘damage to goods’; the suffix -age is on the pattern of damage. Originally this referred to a tax on exported goods. The meaning later changed so that it referred to money due from goods that had been lost or damaged at sea. It referred specifically to the way the losses were divided between the owners of the vessel and the owners of the cargo (late 16th cent.). This gave rise to the general sense of calculating the mean (mid 18th cent.). Phrasal Verbsaverage out (at something)average somethingout (at something)
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