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Definition of cent

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1 : a monetary unit equal to ¹/₁₀₀ of a basic unit of value (such as dollar, euro, rand) — see birr, dollar, euro, leone, lilangeni, nakfa, rand, rupee, shilling at Money Table
2 : a coin, token, or note representing one cent
3 : the fen of the People's Republic of China


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Examples of cent in a Sentence


A dime is worth 10 cents.

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West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 22 cents, or 0.4%, to $61.88 a barrel. William Watts Marketwatch, WSJ, "Oil Pulls Back After Brent Touches $70-A-Barrel Threshold -- MarketWatch," 5 Apr. 2019 But honestly, my liquid rebellion against economy is worth every cent, every time. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "A Wellness Editor's Impulse Buys: $171 of Sunscreen, Gold Hoops, and More," 10 Jan. 2019 The program is funded through a half-cent sales tax. Danielle Paquette, chicagotribune.com, "These places will pay U.S. workers thousands of dollars to move there," 21 June 2018 The program is funded through a half-cent sales tax. Danielle Paquette, ajc, "These places will pay US workers thousands of dollars to move there," 21 June 2018 Excess toll money collected by MDX, along with the half-cent sales tax, is supposed to help pay for projects. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "It was once part of the Everglades. Now Miami-Dade wants to use it for a highway," 8 June 2018 Barrett urged Donovan and other aldermen and business leaders to help him push Walker and state lawmakers for change, such as giving Milwaukee the authority to have a referendum on a half-cent local sales tax. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ald. Bob Donovan details proposals on public safety, Ed Flynn's replacement," 9 Jan. 2018 It's believed that 27 per cent of people live below the poverty line—90 million is Egypt's total population. Ruth Michaelson, Newsweek, "Egypt’s Economy Is in Crisis. So Why Is the Government Spending Millions on a Fancy New Space Agency?," 28 Feb. 2017 Sonny’s BBQ: Enjoy 50 cent crinkle cut fries on July 13. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Here's how to celebrate National French Fry Day," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of cent


1782, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cent


French, hundred, from Latin centum — more at hundred

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census taker

census tract





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English Language Learners Definition of cent

: a unit of money that is equal to ¹/₁₀₀ of the basic unit of money in many countries : one percent of a dollar, euro, rupee, etc.


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Kids Definition of cent

1 : a hundredth part of the unit of the money system in a number of different countries In the United States 100 cents equal one dollar.
2 : a coin, token, or note representing one cent



Kids Definition of cent.

1 centigrade
2 century

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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