Definitions for PERpɜr; unstressed pər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

per*pɜr; unstressed pər(prep.)

  1. for or in each or every; a or an:

    Membership costs $10 per year.

    Category: Usage Note

  2. according to; in accordance with:

    I delivered the box per your instructions.

  3. by means of; by; through:

    Send it per messenger.

  4. (adv.)Informal. each; for each one:

    The charge was five dollars per.

    Category: Informal

Idioms for per:

  1. as per,according to; in accordance with:

    arranged as per instructions.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: per meaning “for each” occurs chiefly in technical or statistical contexts: miles per gallon; cost per person. It is also common in sports commentary: 16 points per quarter.A or an is often considered more suitable in nontechnical use. per or as per meaning “according to” is sometimes criticized and is rare in edited writing.

Origin of per:

1580–90; < L: through, by, for, for each. See for


  1. a prefix meaning “through,”“thoroughly,”“utterly,”“very”:

    pervert; pervade; perfect.

    Category: Affix

  2. a prefix used in the names of inorganic acids and their salts that possess the maximum amount of the element specified in the base word: percarbonic (H2C2O5) acid; potassium permanganate (KMnO4).

    Category: Affix, Chemistry

Origin of per-:

< L, prefixal use of perper


  1. Persia.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. Persian.

    Category: Geography (places), Peoples


  1. percentile.

  2. period.

  3. person.

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. per(preposition)ɜr; unstressed pər

    for each one

    We pay $10 per hour.; to travel at 70 miles per hour

  2. perɜr; unstressed pər

    for each person

    Food is provided at $40 per head.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Per

    through; by means of; through the agency of; by; for; for each; as, per annum; per capita, by heads, or according to individuals; per curiam, by the court; per se, by itself, of itself. Per is also sometimes used with English words

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PER' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #728

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PER' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1045

Anagrams of PER

  1. ERP, pre, Rep, rep, RPE

Translations for PER

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