# mean

mean
The expected value of a random variable. Arithmetic average of a sample. Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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I. mean mean 1 [miːn] adjective [only before a noun]
STATISTICS average:

• Analysts' mean estimate is for earnings of 33 cents a share.

[m0] II. mean mean 2 noun
the mean STATISTICS the average:

• The GDP of this state was 32% below the mean for the country as a whole.

ˌarithmetic ˈmean [uncountable] STATISTICS
a simple average obtained by adding together a set of figures and dividing the result by the number of figures in the set:

• The initial price represents the arithmetic mean of the share price on the 1st, 5th, and 6th November.

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Calculated by taking the sum of a set of values and then dividing that figure by the total number of values. Also known as the average.

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mean UK US /miːn/ noun [S]
(also arithmetic mean) MEASURES the result you get by adding two or more amounts together and dividing the total by the number of amounts: »

The mean of 5, 4, 10, and 15 is 8.5.

See Note AVERAGE(Cf. ↑average)
a quality or way of doing something that is in the middle of two completely different qualities or ways of doing something: a mean between sth and sth »

This description doesn't give enough information, and this one is too long – we need to find a mean between the two.

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mean UK US /miːn/ verb [T] (present participle meant, past tense and past participle meant)
to express or represent something such as an idea, thought, or fact: »

What does this word mean?

mean sth by sth »

What do you mean by 'rightsizing the department'?

to have a particular result: »

Lower costs mean lower prices.

mean (that) »

Advances in electronics mean that the technology is already available.

mean doing sth »

If we increased our workforce, that would mean finding larger premises.

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mean UK US /miːn/ adjective
MEASURES a mean number is the result you get by adding two or more amounts together and dividing the total by the number of amounts: »

The mean weight of the crates is 76.4 kilos.

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The table above shows the mean price per dozen of large grade A eggs.

unkind: be mean to sb »

If she's ever mean to staff, she always apologizes afterwards.

not generous: be mean with sth »

My boss is well known for being mean with money.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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