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Definition of percentage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the number, amount, or rate of something, expressed as if it is part of a total which is 100; a part or share of a whole What percentage of the population is overweight? A high percentage of the female staff works part-time. Interest rates are expected to rise by one percentage point (= one percent). The figure is expressed as a percentage. The results were analyzed in percentage terms.
  2. 2[usually singular] a share of the profits of something He gets a percentage for every car sold.
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