Definition of “percentage” - English Dictionary

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

“percentage” in American English

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us /pərˈsen·tɪdʒ/

[ U ] an improvement or advantage, esp. when considered against other possibilities:

There’s no percentage in working long hours if you don’t plan to stay in that job.

[ C ] an amount of something, often expressed as a number out of 100:

TV ratings are based on the percentage of sets tuned to a particular program.

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“percentage” in Business English

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uk /pəˈsentɪdʒ/ us

[ C ] an amount of something, often expressed as a number out of 100:

a high/large/small percentage A high percentage of their customers order their goods online.
as a percentage of sth Gross margin as a percentage of net sales for the year was 45%.
The fees are usually expressed as a percentage of the selling price.
Some ISA providers charge on a percentage basis, while others use flat fees.
a percentage gain/growth/increase Official retail figures for the month of July show the largest percentage increase in retail sales since the beginning of the year.
a percentage decrease/fall/loss
calculate/estimate a percentage
percentage of income/revenue/sales

[ S ] a part of the profit received by someone who sells something:

He gets a percentage of gross profits as part of his salary package.

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