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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 asper instructionsas per usual



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



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

Synonyms: Adverb

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Using Per as a Preposition: Usage Guide


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 And as school lets out for the summer, Ohio daycares and day camps can open, limited to nine children per classroom. cleveland, "Weddings up to 300 people can resume: Coronavirus reopenings and cancellations in Northeast Ohio for Monday, June 1, 2020," 1 June 2020 Monthly condo association dues will be about 61 cents per square foot. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Museum District condo tower renovation targets range of buyers," 1 June 2020 The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, per department policy. Mike Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man wounded by Watertown police during traffic stop," 1 June 2020 And at more than $1,800 per month, the average rent isn’t affordable, either. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "Living in Your Car as a Pandemic Consumes Your City," 1 June 2020 The Crew Dragon then slowed its speed to a little less than 0.33 feet per second. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX astronaut capsule docks with International Space Station," 31 May 2020 California has one of the highest citation rates, with inspectors finding more than three emergency-preparedness violations per facility since November 2017, according to the analysis. ProPublica, "Nursing Homes Fought Federal Emergency Plan Requirements for Years. Now, They’re Coronavirus Hot Spots.," 31 May 2020 That includes the annual membership fee of $750 per ticket. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football season ticket holders face tough decisions at renewal deadline," 31 May 2020 Edwards, Buddin, Oak Park lineman Rayshaun Benny and East Lansing receiver Andrel Anthony are all ranked among the top 12 players in the state of Michigan, per 247Sports.com Composite Rankings, and all four are currently considering MSU. Sean Merriman, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football recruiting: Four things Spartans must do to close out 2021 class," 31 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Senior libero/setter Cassidy Donalson represented Spring Woods on the watch list after averaging a team-high 4.3 digs per set as a junior. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "SBISD players recognized on District 17-6A baseball team," 1 July 2019 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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for per


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


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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4 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Per.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/per. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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