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Definition of "percentage" []

  • A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98. (noun)
  • The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent. (noun)
  • A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part: The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience. (noun)
  • An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales: work for a percentage. (noun)
  • Informal Advantage; gain: There is no percentage in work without pay. (noun)

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 "percentage" in a sentence
  • "Ma's trust index fell 1.7 ­percentage points from last month to 37.1 percent, against his distrust index of 44.7 percent - down 2.4 percentage points."
  • "For every given level of your output a certain percentage is direct and indirect energy costs."
  • "If a certain percentage is not normal then you are not removing enough of them and patients might die from missed diseased cases."