per·cent·age noun \pər-ˈsen-tij\
: 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
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>
a : a share of winnings or profits
b : advantage, profit <no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry — Wallace Stegner>
Examples of PERCENTAGE
- 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?
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