Definitions for percentpərˈsɛnt
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or per cent
one one-hundredth part; 1/100.
Ref: percentage (defs. 1, 3). 1 3
Brit. stocks, bonds, etc., that bear an indicated rate of interest.
(adj.)figured or expressed on the basis of a rate or proportion per hundred (used in combination with a number in expressing rates of interest, proportions, etc.). Symbol: %
* Usage: percent is derived from per cent., an abbreviation in English of per centum, a phrase borrowed directly from Latin. The use of the two-word form is diminishing. The percent sign (%) is used chiefly in scientific, tabular, or statistical material and only with numerals preceding it: 58%. In the sense “proportion in general,” with no preceding number, percent and percentage are frequently interchangeable, but percentage is much more common: a certain percentage (or percent) of the land.
Origin of percent:
1560–70; short for ML per centum by the hundred
percentage, percent, per centum, pct(noun)
a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
one part of each hundred, shown using the symbol ( % )
Ten percent of the population is unemployed.
for each or out of every 100, shown by the symbol ( % )
a 1 percent reduction in interest rates
A part or other object per hundred
A resolution must receive fifty-one percent of the votes to pass.
Origin: per centum.
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Rank popularity for the word 'percent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #394
Rank popularity for the word 'percent' in Nouns Frequency: #1413
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