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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

At the halfway point in their season, the Marlins are averaging 9,348 fans per home game, which puts them on pace for the lowest average attendance in the majors since the Expos' 7,935 in 2001. Steven Wine, sun-sentinel.com, "Marlins’ big rally bails out Yamamoto after rookie’s first rough outing," 30 June 2019 The tick was purportedly spotted near Eau Claire County, per local news Channel 3000. Fox News, "Lone Star tick, known to cause red meat allergy, found in northern Wisconsin: report," 30 June 2019 The show finally has more than one female character per generation, and season three finally offers scenes where these characters bond over something other than a boy. Aja Romano, Vox, "Stranger Things season 3 is charming but frustrating. Here’s a spoiler-free review.," 30 June 2019 In America last year, twelve million people took out a loan of, on average, four hundred dollars from a payday lender, with an interest rate often in excess of three hundred per cent. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "Democrats’ Cautious Return to the War on Poverty," 30 June 2019 Corruption made it a ludicrously expensive venture, costing twice the international average per kilometre of track. The Economist, "China is thinking twice about lending to Africa," 29 June 2019 Manfred said 70% of the tickets for the Yankees-Red Sox games were sold in Britain and 30% in the U.S. Red Sox season ticket holders purchased an average of 5,831 seats per game and Yankees buyers 4,752 during the presale. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "MLB scraps its 2020 Asia opener, but commissioner Rob Manfred would like more games in Europe," 29 June 2019 Leonard led the Raptors with 28.5 points per game in the Finals, shooting 47.6% from the field. Emily Caron, SI.com, "Los Angeles Artists Woo Kawhi With Mural After Lakers Land Meeting with Raptors' Star," 29 June 2019 Sanders’s bill includes $1.3 billion a year for low-income students at historically black colleges and universities, and $48 billion per year for eliminating tuition and fees at public schools and universities. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, "Sanders to propose canceling entire $1.6 trillion in U.S. student loan debt, escalating Democratic policy battle," 23 June 2019

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

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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