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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

Figuring two eight-hour shifts per day, 365 days a year, translates into a savings of 933 gallons a year. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid AWD Saves Fuel, Hauls Ass," 17 May 2019 Under that plan, every American over the age of 18 would receive $1,000 per month from the government. Seamus Kirst, Teen Vogue, "Andrew Yang Explains Why Young Voters Are Drawn to His Candidacy," 14 May 2019 Gregory Bryant, the senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group, told investors that the integrated graphics is powerful enough to play hundreds of games at 1080p resolutions at 30 (not 60) frames per second. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel roadmap confirms 10nm 'Tiger Lake' chip with Xe graphics, more Ice Lake and Lakefield details," 9 May 2019 At an engagement back in January 2019, Meghan apparently hinted, per People, that the royal baby was due in late April. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William Was Reportedly Asked When the Royal Baby Is Due and His Response Was Hilarious," 27 Apr. 2019 The service has three rental options: RTR Update is $89 per month (after a $69 trial month) for four designer items at a time, and the pieces can be exchanged for new ones each month. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Rent the Runway Kids Is Launching Next Week, and Your Daughters' Clothes Just Got 100% Cooler," 8 Apr. 2019 The lawsuit states that Oklahoma is one of the leading states in prescription painkiller sales per capita, with 128 painkiller prescriptions dispensed per 100 people in 2012. Tim Talley, The Seattle Times, "Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects request to delay opioid trial," 25 Mar. 2019 In 1999, the most urban counties in the US had a suicide rate of 9.6 deaths per 100,000 people. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "US life expectancy continues to move in reverse," 29 Nov. 2018 The Limited Commercials Plan will cost you $5.99 per month or $59.99 a year. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Amazing Race' 2019 Has SO Many Shocking Twists (Like the 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor' Crossover)," 17 Apr. 2019

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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English Language Learners Definition of per

: for each
somewhat formal : 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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