Meaning of “cent” in the English Dictionary

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"cent" in British English

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centnoun [ C ]

uk /sent/ us /sent/

A2 a unit of money worth 0.01 of a dollar, or a coin with this value:

A call will cost you around 25 cents.
On the foreign exchanges the pound rose two cents against the dollar.

a unit of money worth 0.01 of a euro

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  • When he arrived in America he didn't have a cent.
  • On the foreign exchanges the pound rose two cents against the dollar to $1.52.
  • The accounts department is niggling me for ten cents they say I owe them.

(Definition of “cent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cent" in American English

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centnoun [ C ]

us /sent/

a unit of money worth 1/100 of a dollar:

The newspaper costs 50 cents.

(Definition of “cent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"cent" in Business English

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centnoun [ C ]

uk /sent/ us

MONEY a unit of money worth 0.01 of the main unit of many currencies including the US dollar and the euro, or a coin with this value:

Directors announced a quarterly cash dividend of 78 cents per share.

(Definition of “cent” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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