\ˈpər \

Definition of per 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : by the means or agency of : through per bearer

2 : with respect to every member of a specified group : for each

3 : according to often used with as per instructionsas per usual

per

adverb

Definition of per (Entry 2 of 4)

: for each : apiece a bargain at $3.50 per

Definition of per (Entry 3 of 4)

1 period

2 person

per-

prefix

Definition of per- (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : throughout : thoroughly peruse

2a : containing the largest possible or a relatively large proportion of a (specified) chemical element perchloroethylene

b : containing an element in its highest or a high oxidation state perchloric acid

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Synonyms for per

Synonyms: Preposition

by, in, through, via, with

Synonyms: Adverb

all, apiece, each, per capita

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Using Per as a Preposition: Usage Guide

Preposition

Per occurs most frequently in business contexts; its use outside such contexts is often criticized but is quite widespread, especially in sense 2. Its most common and natural nonbusiness uses always involve figures, usually in relation to price $150 per performance , automobiles 32 miles per gallon 55 miles per hour , or sports. averages 15 points and 9 rebounds per game

Examples of per in a Sentence

Preposition

The speed limit is 35 miles per hour. The car gets 32 miles per gallon. He averages 15 points per game. Per your advice, I accepted their offer.

Adverb

you can have them at 50 cents per or three for $1.25
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

That year Indiana paid out nearly two-and-a-half times the national average per incident, according to records cited by AP. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Cleanups at Pence family's failed gas stations costing taxpayers millions: report," 14 July 2018 During the 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets, Howard averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for one of his most productive statistical seasons in years. Candace Buckner, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Rocket Dwight Howard officially signs with Wizards," 13 July 2018 So while there are questions at quarterback, running back and tight end, re-inflating an offense that finished a disappointing 69th nationally in yards per game last season has to start up front. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 burning questions facing IU football in 2018," 12 July 2018 Oliver, who turned 22 on Wednesday, is the Sixers’ second leading scorer at 10.5 points per game. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Cameron Oliver's summer league play with Sixers is turning heads," 12 July 2018 In his final two seasons at North Crowley, Kevin averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "First family of Fort Worth basketball still shining after careers at TCU, Kansas," 12 July 2018 Seattle’s 87 points per game this year are tops in the WNBA, as is its 47 percent field-goal percentage. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Storm not happy after OT loss to Sparks, and that’s a good thing," 10 July 2018 This translated into higher average attendance for the women at 10,096 fans per game. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Historically Low Attendance At UConn Men's Basketball, Football Games As Programs Try To Rebuild," 10 July 2018 Honeycutt played off the bench for the team in 24 games over two seasons, averaging 1.2 points and one rebound per game, and was often shuttled between the Kings lineup and the team's minor-league team in Reno. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Former Sacramento King Tyler Honeycutt found dead after standoff with LAPD," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That’s helped bring per-pound retail prices for beef patties down 16% from their September 2015 high of $5.12 to about $4.31 in June, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Chicken, Turkey and Tuna Have a Beef With Your Burger," 30 June 2018 Anderton, the Collierville, Tennessee, native averaged 11.78 assists per set and 2.00 digs per set as Samford improved to 6-6 in SoCon play. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Samford volleyball preps for two key home matches this weekend," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of per

Preposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for per

Preposition

Latin, through, by means of, by — more at for

Prefix

Latin, through, throughout, thoroughly, detrimental to, from per

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The first known use of per was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for per

English Language Learners Definition of per

: for each

: as directed by or stated in

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Kids Definition of per

1 : to or for each It cost us ten dollars per day.

2 : as directed by Construction was done per instructions.

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Medical Definition of per 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: by the means or agency of : by way of : through enter through the mouth lining and per the bloodstream to the stomachSydney (Australia) Bulletin blood per rectum — see per os

Medical Definition of per (Entry 2 of 2)

1 period; periodic

2 person

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Legal Definition of per 

: as stated by used to indicate the author of an opinion with which the majority of judges concur

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