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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According to a recent Los Angeles Times analysis, the percentage of women who make up late-night TV writing staffs hovers between 17 and 45 percent. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "‘Late Night’ imagines a world where a woman has been hosting late-night comedy for decades. If only.," 14 June 2019 Under Devereaux, the percentage of students who came from New Hampshire high schools dropped from 79 percent to 42 percent. Liz Bowie,, "Goucher College names Kent Devereaux its new president as school deals with changing landscape for higher ed," 13 June 2019 But the percentage of non-broadband adopters who cited price as a barrier, dropped from 33% in 2015 to 21% today. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "How do you go online? More of you are choosing phone over home broadband, Pew survey says," 13 June 2019 Gould converted 72-of-75 field goal attempts in his two seasons with the 49ers — the highest percentage of any kicker in the NFL during the same time period. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: 49ers kicker Robbie Gould sells Illinois mansion," 13 June 2019 The Ohio House of Representatives this year celebrated the highest percentage of female lawmakers in the chamber's history – but women still represent just 27 percent of the House. Jackie Borchardt,, "100 years later, Ohio's track record of electing female leaders remains abysmal," 12 June 2019 In the first four years of Mais Médicos, the percentage of Brazilians receiving primary care rose to 70 percent from 59.6 percent, according to a report by the Pan-American Health Organization, which coordinated Cuba’s participation in the program. Shasta Darlington, New York Times, "Brazil Fails to Replace Cuban Doctors, Hurting Health Care of 28 Million," 11 June 2019 The last time the famed seaside course hosted the tournament, in 2010, winner Graeme McDowell hit only 58% of the greens, which DraftKings' Geoff Ulrich notes is the lowest percentage for a U.S. Open winner in the past nine years. Matt Bonesteel,, "Can anyone beat Brooks Koepka at Pebble Beach?," 11 June 2019 In these strange days, the exact percentage of Durant’s recovery feels like the most important variable in the basketball world. Rob Mahoney,, "Kevin Durant Is All That Separates the Warriors From Survival and Defeat," 10 June 2019

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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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