Definition of “percent” - English Dictionary

“percent” in British English

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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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  • Something like 60 percent of all married men will have an affair at some point in their marriage.
  • Sales are up by 36 percent. How about that?
  • They offer a 10 percent discount on rail travel for students.
  • Across the country, exam results have improved by an average of eight percent.
  • I've managed to negotiate a five percent pay increase with my boss.

(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.


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.

Unions urged workers to reject the 1.5 percent pay offer.

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