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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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Outside of dollars and cents, there are other ways to measure that cost For starters, Twitter is probably costing itself user growth. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "The social company is trying to clean up its act — how much is it spending? And will it cost Twitter any users?," 26 July 2018 The Tube’s on-time rate is now above ninety-seven per cent. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 2018 As 2018 nears its midpoint, the number of gun robberies has increased from the same time last year, from 310 to 365, or 18 per cent. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Gunpoint robberies rise in D.C. ; those without guns decline," 16 June 2018 In England, gonorrhea cases rose by 53 per cent between 2012 and 2015, led by young people, gay men and other MSM. Sophie Cousins, CNN, "Wherever you are in the world, time is running out for treating gonorrhea," 15 May 2018 Their jitters intensified after 10-year US treasury yields rose above 3 per cent in late April. The Economist, "Calm, at a high cost," 4 May 2018 This list is dominated by Argentinians and Venezuelans, who represent 15 and 11 per cent of buyers, respectively. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, "Increasing number of Colombians look to South Florida for homes and a new life," 25 Apr. 2018 The special photo stock is very expensive, too—about 50 cents per photo! Alexandria Haslam, PCWorld, "HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today," 19 July 2018 If approved as requested, the water bill for the average residential customer using 3,800 gallons of water per month would increase about 51 cents per day, the company said. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air water company seeks rate increase to recover new reservoir costs," 28 June 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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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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