• (British) IPA: /pəˈsɛnt/
  • (America) IPA: /pɜɹ.sɛnt/

percent (not comparable)

  1. For every hundred (used with preceding numeral to form a noun phrase expressing a proportion). [from 16th c.]
    • 2002, Leon Jaroff, Time, 8 May:
      Diane Watson has had a distinguished career in education and politics, and last year was elected to the House of Representatives, winning 75 percent of the vote in her Congressional district.
    • 2016, Arthur Neslen, The Guardian, 7 July:
      Twelve percent of the world’s population now relies directly or indirectly on the fisheries industry.

percent (plural percent)

  1. A percentage, a proportion (especially per hundred).
    only a small percent attain the top ranks
  2. One part per hundred; one percent. [from 19th c.]
    • 2008, Niall Ferguson, The Ascent of Money, Penguin 2008, p. 254:
      And from 1966, under Regulation Q, there was a ceiling of 5.5 per cent on their deposit rates, a quarter of a per cent more than banks were allowed to pay.
Translations Prepositional phrase
  1. Per hundred.
    • 2014, Alan Tussy, Diane Koenig, Basic Mathematics for College Students with Early Integers (ISBN 9781285450872), page 637:
      By how many percent did the cancer survival rate for breast cancer increase by 2008?

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