Definition of percent noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

percent

 noun
noun
NAmE//pərˈsɛnt//
 
(abbreviation pct.)(symbol %)(pl. percent)
 
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 one part in every hundred Poor families spend about 80 to 90 percent of their income on food. It is often stated that we use only 10 percent of our brain. What percent of the population is overweight? Grammarexpressing percentagesPercentages (=numbers of percent) are written in words as twenty-five percent and in numbers as 25%.If a percentage is used with an uncountable or a singular noun, the verb is generally singular:90% of the land is cultivated.If the noun is singular but represents a group of people, the verb is singular:Eighty percent of the work force is against the strike.If the noun is plural, the verb is plural:65% of children play computer games.