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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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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Recent Examples on the Web In California, for example, the percentage of students who got necessary childhood vaccinations to enter school went up when the state tightened its exemption policy. CNN, 29 July 2021 The state currently has about 34% of its population fully vaccinated, which is among the lowest percentage in the country. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, 29 July 2021 The percentage of Black workers at Target fell slightly during a tumultuous 2020 in which the retail made several high-profile commitments to diversity. Nicole Norfleet, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 First, the firefighter was Shawna Lynn Jones, 22, at a time when women made up only a small percentage of California firefighters. Nathan Deuel, Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2021 Only a small percentage of defendants have been convicted under the anti-terrorism law used in the Bhima Koregaon case, but the statute allows those accused to be held without bail almost indefinitely in India’s slow-moving legal system. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 But the problems of people being unbanked are not evenly distributed: Only a small percentage of Mr. Flechet’s customers used cash, making tracking it, counting it, making change, and depositing the day’s earnings in the bank a hassle. Nick Roll, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021 Selling their catalog, even if only a percentage of it. Elan Jacoby, Rolling Stone, 1 July 2021 Around 90% of Indonesian doctors—roughly 160,000 in all—have been vaccinated with Sinovac’s shot, according to the medical association, so the vaccinated doctors who died are only a tiny percentage of the total. Jon Emont, WSJ, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of percentage

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of percentage was in 1757

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31 Jul 2021

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“Percentage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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