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English definition of “percent”

percent

adverb [not gradable] (also per cent)    /pərˈsent/ (abbreviation pct, symbol %)
for or out of every 100: You got 20 percent of the answers right. Only 48% of registered voters actually voted in the election.
(Definition of percent adverb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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