Definition of mean noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//miːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//miːn//
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    middle way
  1. 1mean (between A and B) a quality, condition, or way of doing something that is in the middle of two extremes and better than either of them He needed to find a mean between frankness and rudeness.
  2. average
  3. 2(also arithmetic mean) (mathematics) the value found by adding together all the numbers in a group, and dividing the total by the number of numbers see also geometric mean See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  4. Word Originnoun Middle English: from Old French meien, from Latin medianus ‘middle’, from medius ‘mid’.Idioms (approving) a course of action that is not extreme
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