percent

adverb
per·​cent | \ pər-ˈsent How to pronounce percent (audio) \

Definition of percent

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: in the hundred : of each hundred

percent

noun
plural percent or percents

Definition of percent (Entry 2 of 3)

1 plural percent

a : one part in a hundred
b : percentage a large percent of their income
2 percents plural, British : securities bearing a specified rate of interest

percent

adjective

Definition of percent (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : reckoned on the basis of a whole divided into 100 parts
2 : paying interest at a specified percent

Examples of percent in a Sentence

Noun

The value has increased half a percent.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For communities to be protected from measles, at least 95 percent of the population needs to be immunized. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "How do you persuade people to vaccinate? Clark County measles outbreak highlights the difficulties," 13 Apr. 2019 Eighty-five percent of CIOs are investing in automation software deployments over the next two years, according to the 2019 CIO Survey from Grant Thornton LLP in partnership with the Technology Business Management Council. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Intuit CIO: Be Strategic About the Bots You Build," 11 Apr. 2019 Afterwards, their salaries diverge, leaving women with earnings up to 20 percent less over the course of their careers, per Vox. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry Should Take an Extended Paternity Leave," 5 Apr. 2019 The USS Ford, which includes other technologies such as an electromagnetic aircraft catapult, a new system for landing aircraft, and a new radar, is now more than two years behind schedule and at least 22 percent over budget. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy’s Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Delayed, Yet Again," 28 Mar. 2019 According to national exit poll data, nearly 60 percent of women voted for Democrats, while only 40 percent voted for Republicans: a record gap of nearly 20 points between the two parties. Rebecca Gale, Marie Claire, "Elise Stefanik Is Going to Bring Women Back to the GOP," 25 Mar. 2019 While each of the three incumbent Democrats cruised to re-election in November with at least 70 percent of the vote, no winning Republican in a contested race received above 60 percent. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "A more skeptical Supreme Court to hear redistricting challenge," 25 Mar. 2019 And the farms weren't especially sustainable, with only about 10 percent of all the inputs coming from renewable resources. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 Black Octopus has steep discounts on sample packs, Kontakt instruments, and plug-in presets, with some as much as 60 percent off. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The best Black Friday deals for DJs and electronic musicians," 21 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There is a 20 or so percent chance of isolated showers but nothing that will be a washout. Doug Phillips, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Summer already? Feels like it," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of percent

Adverb

1568, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for percent

Adverb

earlier per cent, from per + Latin centum hundred — more at hundred

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The first known use of percent was in 1568

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percent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of percent

: one part in a hundred : an amount that is equal to one one-hundredth of something
: a part of a whole
per·​cent | \ pər-ˈsent How to pronounce percent (audio) \

Kids Definition of percent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: out of every hundred : measured by the number of units as compared with one hundred a 15 percent raise My rent was raised 15 percent.

percent

noun
plural percent

Kids Definition of percent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a part or fraction of a whole expressed in hundredths Ten percent of the class failed the test.

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