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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

Each West Elm bundle will count as one item in their subscription package, which costs $159 per month. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Rent the Runway and West Elm Partner to Create Gorgeous, Rentable Home Essentials," 7 Mar. 2019 Neil Armstrong’s heart rate was elevated only mildly, at 110 beats per minute. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Apollo 11’ Review: Houston, We’ve Got a Classic," 28 Feb. 2019 That’s up from $297 million, or 52 cents per share, a year earlier. Josh Funk, The Seattle Times, "TD Ameritrade doubles its fiscal 1Q profit," 22 Jan. 2019 A week later, news broke that the pair were moving in together and shacking up in a $25,000 per month two-story rental house in West Hollywood. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons Flirt on Instagram and It's Not Subtle," 11 Jan. 2019 After all, tech startups have sprung up with essentially the same business model: via a smartphone app, unlock a scooter for $1, then pay $0.15 per minute afterward. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Oakland official: “We want to get Americans out of their cars and solve racism”," 12 Dec. 2018 Additionally, it was revealed that users tweeted over half a billion GIFs in 2018 (according to Twitter, that’s more than 1,000 GIFs tweeted per minute). Kim Quindlen, Teen Vogue, "Twitter Has Revealed Its Top Retweets and Most-Tweeted-About Celebrities for 2018," 5 Dec. 2018 The tax will increase the price of fuel by about 30 cents per gallon and will continue to rise over the next few years, the French government says. Alex Ward, Vox, "France’s anti-Macron protests are turning deadlier," 3 Dec. 2018 Earnings per share came in at $1.02, missing analysts’ expectations. Adrienne Roberts, WSJ, "AutoNation Names Carl Liebert New CEO," 22 Feb. 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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