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1. An expression of greeting or farewell.
2. Ave Roman Catholic Church Ave Maria.

[Middle English, from Latin avē.]
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(ˈɑːvɪ; ˈɑːveɪ)
sentence substitute
welcome or farewell


1. (Roman Catholic Church) short for Ave Maria See Hail Mary
2. (Roman Catholic Church) the time for the Angelus to be recited, so called because of the threefold repetition of the Ave Maria in this devotion
3. (Roman Catholic Church) the beads of the rosary used to count the number of Ave Marias said
[C13: from Latin: hail!]




abbreviation for
(Human Geography) avenue
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(ˈɑ veɪ, ˈeɪ vi)

1. hail; welcome.
2. farewell; good-bye.
3. the salutation “ave.”
4. (cap.) Ave Maria.
[1200–50; Middle English < Latin: imperative 2nd singular of avēre to be well, fare well]


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ABBR =avenueAv., Avda.
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Ave (Maria)

nAve(-Maria) nt
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Second, the ad valorem equivalent of trade costs that are charged on a per unit basis will vary with the quality of goods.
The steep price deflation after 1930 significantly raised the ad valorem equivalent of the Smoot-Hawley duties, and by 1932 the average tariff on dutiable imports reached nearly 60 percent.
Eckes, in a typical move, relegates the truth of the matter to footnotes (page 310, footnote 17: "If higher duties effectively blocked some imports, the average ad valorem equivalent might prove to be an unreliable measure").