Meaning of “percent” in the English Dictionary

"percent" in British English

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percentadverb

also per cent uk /pəˈsent/ us /pɚˈsent/

B1 for or out of every 100, shown by the symbol %:

You got 20 percent of the answers right - that means one in every five.
Only 40 percent of people bothered to vote in the election.

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

"percent" in American English

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percentadverb [ not gradable ]

also per cent us /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” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"percent" in Business English

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percentnoun [ S ]

uk /pəˈsent/ us MEASURES

one part of every 100, or the specified amount of something divided by 100:

Business customers account for about 70 percent of the computing company's revenue.
by 3/50/100, etc. percent The bank needed to reduce its workforce by 20 percent.

→  percentage :

as a percent of sth Operating income as a percent of sales increased slightly from the previous year.

percentadverb

UK also per cent uk /pəˈsent/ us

for or out of every 100, often shown by the symbol %:

Shares fell 6 percent after the group warned profits would be lower than expected.
percent
adjective

Unions urged workers to reject the 1.5 percent pay offer.

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