Percent meaning

pər-sĕnt'
The definition of a percent is one out of one hundred parts.

An example of a percent is one person out of each hundred people being vegetarian.

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The definition of percent is out of one hundred parts.

An example of percent is a 2.5 percent interest rate paid in a bank.

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Out of each hundred; per hundred.
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One part in a hundred.

The report states that 42 percent of the alumni contributed to the endowment.

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A percentage or portion.

She has invested a large percent of her salary.

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Public securities yielding interest at a specified percentage.
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Paying or demanding interest at a specified percentage.

A 2.25 percent checking account.

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Per hundred; in, to, or for every hundred.

A 20 percent rate means 20 in every 100

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A hundredth part.
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Percentage.
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Securities bearing regular interest of a (stated) percentage.

The four percents.

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One part in a hundred. For example, 62 percent (also written 62%) means 62 parts out of 100.
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A part or other object per hundred.

A resolution must receive fifty-one percent of the votes to pass.

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Expressed in percents; usually together with a number.

I got a ten percent raise!

The whisky usually contains over fifty percent alcohol by volume in the maturing casks, while the commercial brands are diluted to 40 to 45 percent.

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Origin of percent

  • From per cent. abbreviation of per centum by the hundred per per per centum hundred dekm̥ in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin per centum (“for every hundred").
    From Wiktionary