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Definition of "percent" []

  • Out of each hundred; per hundred. (adverb)
  • One part in a hundred: The report states that 42 percent of the alumni contributed to the endowment. Also called per centum. (noun)
  • A percentage or portion: She has invested a large percent of her salary. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Public securities yielding interest at a specified percentage. (noun)
  • Paying or demanding interest at a specified percentage: a 5 1/2 percent checking account. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "percent" in a sentence
  • "Find a fixed rate personal loan from a bank or peer lending company like Lending Club, which offers personal unsecured loans for paying off high interest debt at rates starting at 7.93 percent APR; which is 53 percent lower than the overall national credit card APR of 16.81 percent* and can translate into thousands in savings over the life of a loan."
  • "Non-weather related CO fatalities associated with generator use are also on the rise — by 53 percent from 2004 to 2005, and another 41 percent  from 2005 to 2006."
  • "Of course, Ahmadinejad has won, and then, well, there may be a 10 percent -10 percent\ of what?"