# percentage

## noun

per·​cent·​age
1
a
: 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
a
: a share of winnings or profits
b
no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundryWallace Stegner
3
: an indeterminate part : proportion
4
a
b
: favorable odds

## 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?
Recent Examples on the Web Citizens allows companies to send out more letters than the number of authorized takeouts because the percentage of customers that accept the takeouts is typically low, Citizens CEO Tim Cerio told the company's Board of Directors in September. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 28 July 2024 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore welcome children from all backgrounds: Across all of our schools, an average of 40% of our students are children from non-Catholic families; the percentage is much higher for schools in the heart of Baltimore City. Gregory A. Farno, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2024 The percentage of new carriers (2.1 percent) is similar to pre-pandemic totals in June 2019 (2.25 percent), indicating more stable growth throughout the sector. Glenn Taylor, Sourcing Journal, 26 July 2024 However, the state gets a relatively small percentage of its power from renewable sources. 2024 Infrastructure Score: 276 out of 425 points (Top States Grade: A+) Climate Extremes Index: 14.9% Properties at risk: 96% Renewable energy: 24% 8. Scott Cohn, CNBC, 26 July 2024

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## Word History

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of percentage was in 1757

percentage

## Cite this Entry

“Percentage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/percentage. Accessed 5 Aug. 2024.

## Kids Definition

percentage

noun
per·​cent·​age
1
a
: 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
a
play the percentages
b
: favorable odds

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