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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His record since 2010 with the Rattlers is 150-38, a remarkable .798 winning percentage. Richard Obert, azcentral, "How much longer can coach Kevin Guy's passion burn for the Arizona Rattlers?," 12 July 2019 The Cubs are 18-27 (.400) away from Wrigley Field, the worst road winning percentage in the division. Mark Gonzales,, "Is this Joe Maddon’s last hurrah? Can they get right on the road? 5 questions for the Cubs in the 2nd half," 11 July 2019 During his nearly three decades with the team, the Hoosiers won 662 games and lost 239, a .735 winning percentage. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Bob Knight buys $600K Bloomington home three miles from Assembly Hall," 11 July 2019 The exceptions: Punting average, extra point percentage and first downs allowed by penalty. Michael Casagrande |,, "What Alabama football should fix in 2019," 11 July 2019 Among all qualified American Leaguers, Mancini ranks in the top 30 of each of those categories and in the top 20 of all but on-base percentage. Nathan Ruiz,, "Five stats that defined the Orioles’ first half of 2019," 10 July 2019 McMullin did not have a corresponding percentage for solo county older adults. John Horgan, The Mercury News, "Horgan: For solitary older adults, it takes a village," 10 July 2019 The Cavs ranked 28th in shooting percentage during 2018-19. Chris Fedor,, "Dylan Windler: The Cleveland Cavaliers’ righty who plays basketball left-handed," 10 July 2019 That year, the school had an absolute imbalance of 38.35 percent, where absolute imbalance is the difference between a school and a school district’s percentage of minority students. Emily Brindley,, "Report: West Hartford schools are moving closer to racial balance, but 5 aren’t there yet," 8 July 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


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Kids Definition of percentage

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

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