percent

adverb
per·​cent | \ pər-ˈsent \

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

About 98 percent of the population never has to think about building permits. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "A Newbie’s Guide To The Permits Needed For Remodeling," 26 Dec. 2018 With some additional refinements, a simple two-layer neural network like this is able to recognize more than 98 percent of digits. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Dogs named after royals increased 11 percent in 2018, with the names Harry and Meghan jumping more than 129 percent in popularity year over year, according to data from Rover.com. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "How the Royal Family Influenced the Most Popular Dog Names of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 If taken before 10 weeks, mifepristone and misoprostol are between 92 to 98 percent effective. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 According to Gartner L2 data, 31 percent of the U.S. population lives within 20 miles of an Amazon warehouse (compare that to Walmart, which boasts a store within 20 miles of 98 percent of Americans). Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Amazon is coming for the small corner store," 2 Oct. 2018 The researchers found that more than 98 percent of the meteorite consists of kamacite, an alloy of iron and 5 to 10 percent nickel, that's formed in space and is found only in meteorites, which are rocks that fall from space to Earth's surface. Kimberly Hickok, Fox News, "Mineral never seen on Earth found inside Russian meteorite," 2 Oct. 2018 Buildings produce about 40 percent of annual US carbon emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s a shortage of seven million affordable housing units and nearly half of renters pay more than 30 percent of their income on housing. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Elizabeth Warren doubles down on affordable housing legislation," 11 Dec. 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 \

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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