per·​cent·​age | \ pər-ˈsen-tij How to pronounce percentage (audio) \

Definition of percentage

1a : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths a high percentage of students attended
b : the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent the percentage equals the rate times the base
2a : a share of winnings or profits
b : advantage, profit no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry— Wallace Stegner
3 : an indeterminate part : proportion
b : favorable odds

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Synonyms for percentage


chance, odds, probability

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Examples of percentage in a Sentence

If a goalie saves 96 out of 100 shots, his save percentage is 96 percent. The percentages of women completing high school and college were 95 percent and 52 percent, respectively. What percentage of your income do you spend on rent?
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Their most recent analysis shows a 33 percent success rate for women age 34 or younger, with percentages decreasing from there. Jennifer Gerson, Marie Claire, "What Are the Chances IVF Works?," 1 Oct. 2018 Paul, 33, averaged 18.6 points, 7.9 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.66 blocks last season, ranking sixth in sixth in assists and second in free throw percentage in the NBA. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Chris Paul officially re-signs with Rockets," 9 July 2018 His 554-222 record at Louisville ranks fourth nationally in overall winning percentage among active college coaches (.713). Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville coach Dan McDonnell to lead USA Baseball collegiate team," 6 July 2018 Twitter also received 10% more government information requests (combined emergency disclosure requests and non-emergency requests), which is the largest percentage increase since our July-December 2015 report. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why we can’t stop debating whether Facebook sells data," 14 Dec. 2018 That’s the fastest-growing non-internet ad media besides cinema, which is drastically smaller — making percentage gains easier — and where the growth is mostly in China. Rani Molla, Recode, "Billboards — yes, billboards — are having a heyday in a digital world," 25 Sep. 2018 But those lines crossed in late 2016 as Republicans gained more power to repeal the law, and now the A.C.A. is favored by a six-percentage-point margin. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion," 13 July 2018 The bureau said that by failing to adjust annual percentage rate levels, Citi violated the Truth in Lending Act. Samantha Bomkamp,, "Citibank settles with regulator: 1.75M credit card holders to split $335 million," 2 July 2018 However, in percentage terms, sub-Saharan African producers consumed far larger shares of their foreign reserves than their Gulf counterparts. Emily Meierding, Washington Post, "How cheap oil hurts sub-Saharan Africa," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of percentage

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of percentage

: a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts
: a part of a whole
: a part or share of the profit earned when something is sold


per·​cent·​age | \ pər-ˈsen-tij How to pronounce percentage (audio) \

Kids Definition of percentage

1 : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths
2 : a share of profits

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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