percent Definition

  • 1one part in every hundred
  • 2a proportion or rate per hundred

Using percent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "percent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The interest rate is 5 percent.

  • Example

    Only a small percentage of the population has access to clean water.

  • Example

    The company has seen a 20 percent increase in sales this year.

  • Example

    She scored 90 percent on the exam.

percent Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for percent

Phrases with percent

  • per cent

    an alternative way of writing 'percent'


    The interest rate is 5 per cent.

  • each of the 100 equal groups into which a population can be divided according to the distribution of values of a particular variable


    Her score was in the 90th percentile.

  • the difference between two percentages, usually used to describe changes in rates


    The unemployment rate decreased by 2 percentage points.

Origins of percent

from Latin 'per centum', meaning 'by the hundred'


Summary: percent in Brief

The term 'percent' [pərˈsent] refers to one part in every hundred, or a proportion or rate per hundred. It is commonly used to express interest rates, population statistics, and exam scores, as in 'She scored 90 percent on the exam.' 'Percent' can also be written as 'per cent,' and is associated with related terms like 'percentage point' and 'percentile.'

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