percentage Definition

  • 1a rate or proportion per hundred
  • 2a share of the profits of an enterprise, usually calculated as a percentage of the revenue

Using percentage: Examples

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

  • Example

    The percentage of students who passed the exam is 85%.

  • Example

    The company pays its employees a percentage of the profits.

  • Example

    The percentage of women in the workforce has increased over the years.

percentage Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for percentage

Phrases with percentage

  • the difference between two percentages, expressed in points rather than as a percentage of one of them


    The unemployment rate decreased by 2 percentage points.

  • percentage increase/decrease

    the amount by which a quantity increases or decreases expressed as a percentage of the original amount


    There was a 10% increase in sales last quarter.

  • the difference between an estimated value and the actual value expressed as a percentage of the actual value


    The percentage error in the measurement was less than 5%.

Origins of percentage

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


Summary: percentage in Brief

The term 'percentage' [pəˈsentɪdʒ] refers to a rate or proportion per hundred, often used to describe the share of profits or the success rate of an event. It can be expressed as a percentage point, percentage increase/decrease, or percentage error. 'Percentage' is a formal term that is commonly abbreviated as 'percent.'

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