When a group has half girls and half boys, this is an example of a situation where the percentage of boys in the group is equal to 50 percent.
- a given part or amount in every hundred
- any number or amount, as of interest, tax, etc., stated in percent
- part; portion; share: a percentage of the audience
- use; advantage; profit: no percentage in worrying
- [usually pl.] a risk based on favorable odds
- a. A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.b. The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.
- A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part: The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.
- An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales: work for a percentage.
- Informal Advantage; gain: There is no percentage in work without pay.
Usage Note: When preceded by the, percentage takes a singular verb: The percentage of unskilled workers is small. When preceded by a, it takes either a singular or plural verb, depending on the number of the noun in the prepositional phrase that follows: A small percentage of the workers are unskilled. A large percentage of the crop has spoiled.
- The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.
- A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year.
- A share of the profits.
- She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.
- (informal) Benefit or advantage.
- There was no percentage in staying at home.
- A percentage is often denoted by the character (%).
- Ex. 50% denotes 50 per cent.