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percent

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adverb per·cent \pər-ˈsent\

Definition of percent

  1. :  in the hundred :  of each hundred



Origin of percent

earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred


First Known Use: 1568

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percent

noun per·cent

Simple Definition of percent

  • : one part in a hundred : an amount that is equal to one one-hundredth of something

  • : a part of a whole

Full Definition of percent

plural percent or percents

  1. 1 plural percent a :  one part in a hundred b :  percentage <a large percent of their income>

  2. 2 percents plural British :  securities bearing a specified rate of interest

Examples of percent

  1. The value has increased half a percent.



1667

First Known Use of percent

1667

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percent

adjective per·cent

Definition of percent

  1. 1 :  reckoned on the basis of a whole divided into 100 parts

  2. 2 :  paying interest at a specified percent



1888

First Known Use of percent

1888

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percent

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adjective or adverb per·cent \pər-ˈsent\

Definition of percent

  1. :  out of every hundred :  measured by the number of units as compared with one hundred <a 15 percent raise> <My rent was raised 15 percent.>




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noun per·cent

Definition of percent

plural percent

  1. :  a part or fraction of a whole expressed in hundredths <Ten percent of the class failed the test.>



Word Root of percent

The Latin word centum, meaning “hundred,” gives us the root cent. Words from the Latin centum have something to do with the number 100. A dollar is made up of 100 cents. A century is a period of 100 years. A percent is the portion of something out of 100 parts.



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