# percent

[pərˈsent]

## 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.

## Phrases with percent

• ### percent

an alternative way of writing 'percent'

Example

The interest rate is 5 per cent.

• ### percentile

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

Example

Her score was in the 90th percentile.

• ### percentagepoint

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

Example

The unemployment rate decreased by 2 percentage points.

## Origins of percent

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

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## 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.'

How do native speakers use this expression?

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