percentage

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noun per·cent·age \pər-ˈsen-tij\

Definition of percentage

  1. 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>

  2. 2a :  a share of winnings or profitsb :  advantage, profit <no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry — Wallace Stegner>

  3. 3 :  an indeterminate part :  proportion

  4. 4a :  probabilityb :  favorable odds

Examples of percentage in a sentence

  1. If a goalie saves 96 out of 100 shots, his save percentage is 96 percent.

  2. The percentages of women completing high school and college were 95 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

  3. What percentage of your income do you spend on rent?

1757

First Known Use of percentage

1757

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PERCENTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

percentage

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noun per·cent·age \pər-ˈsen-tij\

Definition of percentage for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PERCENTAGE Defined for Kids

percentage

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noun per·cent·age \pər-ˈsen-tij\

Definition of percentage for Students

  1. 1 :  a part of a whole expressed in hundredths

  2. 2 :  a share of profits



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