Definitions for perpɜr; unstressed pər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
per*pɜr; unstressed pər(prep.)
for or in each or every; a or an:
Membership costs $10 per year.
Category: Usage Note
according to; in accordance with:
I delivered the box per your instructions.
by means of; by; through:
Send it per messenger.
(adv.)Informal. each; for each one:
The charge was five dollars per.
Idioms for per:
as per,according to; in accordance with:
arranged as per instructions.
* 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
a prefix meaning “through,”“thoroughly,”“utterly,”“very”:
pervert; pervade; perfect.
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
Category: Geography (places)
Category: Geography (places), Peoples
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
per(preposition)ɜr; unstressed pər
for each one
We pay $10 per hour.; to travel at 70 miles per hour
perɜr; unstressed pər
for each person
Food is provided at $40 per head.
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
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'per' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #728
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Rank popularity for the word 'per' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1045
Translations for per
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- في كُلArabic
- porPortuguese (BR)
- per; for hverDanish
- per, aItalian
- uz/par (vienu vienību)Latvian
- per, pr.Norwegian
- د، په هر ( لكه دكال هر كال، په كال كښېPashto
- ...-de/-da, ... başınaTurkish
- 每Chinese (Trad.)
- ميں سےUrdu
- 每Chinese (Simp.)
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