Meaning of “percent” - Learner’s Dictionary

percent

adjective, adverb also per cent us uk /pəˈsent/
Extra Examples
Alcohol plays a part in 60 percent of violent crime.Prices have been reduced by almost 50 percent.They offer a 10 percent discount on rail travel for students.Labour polled only 45 percent of the Scottish vote.We import about 20 percent of our food.

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

a 40 percent increase in prices
percent noun [ C ] also per cent

Nearly 70 percent of all cars in the UK are less than five years old.

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