Definition of per preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//pə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//pər//
; BrE strong form BrE//pɜː(r)//
; NAmE strong form NAmE//pɜːr//
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  • used to express the cost or amount of something for each person, number used, distance travelled, etc. Rooms cost £50 per person, per night. 60 miles per hour This country has a higher crime rate per 100 000 of the population than most other European countries.
  • Word OriginLatin, ‘through, by means of’; partly via Old French.Idioms following something that has been decided The work was carried out as per instructions. (informal) in the way that is normal or usual; as often happens Everyone blamed me as per usual.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: per