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

In general, according to Brownson, a burn patient can expect to spend one day in the hospital for every percent of their body that was burned. Anchorage Daily News, "When healing means more than stitching up wounds," 11 June 2019 That category accounts for about 40 percent of the housing interventions. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "11 times Mayor Joe Hogsett said misleading things about his blighted housing fix," 11 June 2019 The proposal, authored by Assemblyman David Chiu, would prohibit landlords from raising the rent each year by more than 7 percent plus the annual increase in the cost of living. Rose Meily, The Mercury News, "Real deal: Realtor update on housing bills," 7 June 2019 Notably, the show's social numbers grew by more than 150 percent, making the CMTs the most social primetime program across broadcast and cable for the night. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "CMT Music Awards Celebrate Ratings High, Reaching 2.7M Viewers," 6 June 2019 The country also plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent by 2050. NBC News, "Trump's tea with Prince Charles could get awkward over the environment," 3 June 2019 While its economy has expanded by more than 6 percent annually in the last decade, safety regulations and enforcement have lagged behind, experts say. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh building fire exposes safety vulnerabilities," 29 Mar. 2019 What does seem to lead to fewer unplanned pregnancies is no-cost birth control, which brings the rate of unplanned pregnancies down by 62-78 percent. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-Abortion Activists Are Still Defending Forced Birth with Debunked Science," 26 Jan. 2019 In both categories, performance increased by roughly 50-60 percent once Denuvo was removed. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Evidence continues to mount about how bad Denuvo is for PC gaming performance," 26 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 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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