Definition of percentage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈsentɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsentɪdʒ//
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  1. 1[countable + singular or plural verb] the number, amount, 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/are overweight? A high percentage of the female staff are part-time workers. Interest rates are expected to rise by one percentage point (= a unit of one per cent). Tax rates fell by 3.4 percentage points. The figure is expressed as a percentage. The results were analysed in percentage terms. See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  2. 2[countable, usually singular] a share of the profits of something He gets a percentage for every car sold.
  3. Extra examples Disabled passengers make up a disproportionate percentage of the cruise company’s customers. Insurance contributions are paid at a fixed percentage rate on all earnings. Medical expenditure percentages ranged from 3.9% in Arizona to 9.8% in Delaware. That percentage declined to 49.7 in 2006. The area has a high percentage of unemployed men. The artist’s agent receives commission on a percentage basis. The disease affects a greater percentage of men than women. The numbers are relatively low in percentage terms. This figure can be expressed as a percentage of the total. Unemployment has fallen by two percentage points this month. What percentage of women own a car? Young women comprise a large percentage of our clients. the percentage rise in the average salary
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