Simple Definition of percentage
: a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts
: a part of a whole
: a part or share of the profit earned when something is sold
Full Definition of percentage
1 a : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths <a high percentage of students attended> b : the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent <the percentage equals the rate times the base>
3 : an indeterminate part : proportion
4 a : probability b : favorable odds
Examples of percentage in a sentence
If a goalie saves 96 out of 100 shots, his save percentage is 96 percent.
The percentages of women completing high school and college were 95 percent and 52 percent, respectively.
What percentage of your income do you spend on rent?
First Known Use of percentage
PERCENTAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of percentage for Students
1 : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths
2 : a share of profits
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