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a. A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.
b. The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.
2. A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part: The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.
3. An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales: work for a percentage.
4. Informal Advantage; gain: There is no percentage in work without pay.
Usage Note: When preceded by the, percentage takes a singular verb: The percentage of unskilled workers is small. When preceded by a, it takes either a singular or plural verb, depending on the number of the noun in the prepositional phrase that follows: A small percentage of the workers are unskilled. A large percentage of the crop has spoiled.


1. proportion or rate per hundred parts
2. (Commerce) commerce the interest, tax, commission, or allowance on a hundred items
3. any proportion in relation to the whole
4. informal profit or advantage


(pərˈsɛn tɪdʒ)

1. a rate or proportion per hundred.
2. an allowance, commission, or rate of interest calculated by percent.
3. a proportion in general; part: a small percentage of the class.
4. gain; profit; advantage.
usage: See percent.


per cent

When you express an amount as a percentage of a whole, you say how many parts the amount would have if the whole had 100 equal parts. You write a percentage as a number followed by per cent or by the symbol %. So, for example, if there are 1000 people living in a village and 250 of them are children, you say that 25 per cent or 25% of the people in the village are children.

What is the percentage of nitrogen in air?
He won 28.3 per cent of the vote.

Per cent is sometimes written as one word, especially in American English.

Remember that 90 percent of most food is water.

You also use percentage to show approximately how large or small an amount is as a proportion of a whole. For example, you can say that an amount is a large percentage or a small percentage of the whole.

The illness affects only a tiny percentage of babies.

When percentage is used like this in front of the plural form of a noun, you use a plural form of a verb after it.

A large percentage of the students do not speak English at home.

When percentage is used in front of a singular form or an uncountable noun, you use a singular form of a verb after it.

Only a small percentage of the money is given to charity.
A high percentage of their income was spent on rent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.percentage - a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)percentage - a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
absentee rate - the percentage of workers who do not report to work
occupancy rate - the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) are occupied or rented at a given time
vacancy rate - the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) that are unoccupied or not rented at a given time
unemployment rate - the percentage of the work force that is unemployed at any given date
2.percentage - assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group; "he wanted his share in cash"
net income, net profit, profit, profits, earnings, lucre, net - the excess of revenues over outlays in a given period of time (including depreciation and other non-cash expenses)
tranche - a portion of something (especially money)
dispensation - a share that has been dispensed or distributed
dole - a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
way - a portion of something divided into shares; "they split the loot three ways"
ration - a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
allowance - an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period); "travel allowance"; "my weekly allowance of two eggs"; "a child's allowance should not be too generous"
slice, piece - a share of something; "a slice of the company's revenue"
split - a promised or claimed share of loot or money; "he demanded his split before they disbanded"
stake, interest - (law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something; "they have interests all over the world"; "a stake in the company's future"
profit sharing - a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
cut - a share of the profits; "everyone got a cut of the earnings"
allocation, allotment - a share set aside for a specific purpose
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
بِالمِئَه، في المائَهنِسْبَةٌ مِئَوِيَةٌنِسْبَة مِئَوِيَّه، كَمِيَّه
porcentajetanto por ciento
prósentaprósenta, hlutfall, hluti
procentinis dydis/santykis/skaičius
daļaprocentuālā attiecība, procenti
nisbetoranyüzdeyüzde oranı
tỷ lệ phần trăm


A. N
1. (= proportion) → porcentaje m
what is the percentage of nitrogen in air?¿cuál es el porcentaje de nitrógeno en el aire?
a large percentage of people are immuneun gran porcentaje de la gente es inmune
the figure is expressed as a percentagela cifra está expresada en tantos por ciento
on a percentage basis California lost more jobs than any other statesegún los porcentajes California perdió más puestos de trabajo que ningún otro estado
a high percentage are girlsun alto or elevado porcentaje son chicas
in percentage termsproporcionalmente
2. (= commission) → porcentaje m
my percentage is deducted beforehandmi porcentaje se deduce antes
to get a percentage on all salesrecibir un tanto por ciento sobre todas las ventas
on a percentage basisa porcentaje
3. (= rake-off) → tajada f
all they're after is their percentagelo único que buscan es llevarse una tajada
4. (= advantage, benefit) there's no percentage in doing thathaciendo eso no se saca nada
what percentage is there in it for me?¿y yo qué saco?
B. CPD percentage increase Naumento m porcentual
percentage point Npunto m porcentual
percentage sign Nsigno m del tanto por ciento


[pərˈsɛntɪdʒ] npourcentage m
on a percentage basis → au pourcentage
to be paid on a percentage basis → être payé(e) au pourcentagepercentage point npoint m


Prozentsatz m; (= commission, payment)Anteil m; (= proportion)Teil m; a small percentage of the populationein geringer Teil der Bevölkerung; expressed as a percentageprozentual or in Prozenten ausgedrückt; what percentage?wie viel Prozent?; to get a percentage of all salesprozentual am Umsatz beteiligt sein
(inf: = advantage) there’s no percentage in itdas bringt nichts (inf)
attrprozentual; on a percentage basisprozentual, auf Prozentbasis; percentage signProzentzeichen nt


[pəˈsɛntɪdʒ] npercentuale f
as a percentage → in percentuale
to get a percentage on all sales → avere una percentuale sulle vendite
on a percentage basis → a percentuale


(pəˈsentidʒ) noun
1. an amount, number or rate given as a fraction of one hundred. We've expressed all these figures as percentages.
2. a part or proportion of something. A large percentage of the population can't read or write.


نِسْبَةٌ مِئَوِيَةٌ procento procentdel Prozentsatz ποσοστό porcentaje prosenttiosuus pourcentage postotak percentuale パーセンテージ 백분율 percentage prosentdel procent percentagem процентное отношение procent อัตราร้อยละ yüzde tỷ lệ phần trăm 百分比


n. porcentaje, tanto por ciento;
a. periférica;
population ______ de la población.


n porcentaje m
References in classic literature ?
Clifford's affair arranged, he was to meet a State Street broker, who has undertaken to procure a heavy percentage, and the best of paper, for a few loose thousands which the Judge happens to have by him, uninvested.
In Massachusetts the percentage of white illiteracy is eight-tenths of one per cent, while in South Carolina it is thirteen and six-tenths per cent; also in South Carolina there is a property qualification for voters--and for these and other reasons child labor is the rule, and so the cotton mills were driving those of Massachusetts out of the business.
That is very simple, also: I do not have to pay you a percentage.
Among this correspondence, there dropped in, every now and then, an obliging proposal from one of the numerous outsiders always lurking about the Commons, to practise under cover of my name (if I would take the necessary steps remaining to make a proctor of myself), and pay me a percentage on the profits.
There was still a large percentage of people who denied that spoken words could be transmitted by a wire.
Not another cigar, not another grog, not another percentage out of me.
Fogg had already spent more than five thousand pounds on the way, and the percentage of the sum recovered from the bank robber promised to the detectives, was rapidly diminishing.
The less aristocratic matrons of Grimworth seemed likely at first to justify their husbands' confidence that they would never pay a percentage of profits on drop-cakes, instead of making their own, or get up a hollow show of liberal housekeeping by purchasing slices of collared meat when a neighbour came in for supper.
Your landlady is sincerely affected at parting with you, respects you highly, and will really rejoice if any one else is generous to you; but at the same time she hands you a bill by which she gains as high a percentage as possible.
To get anything out of the cupboard we had to scramble over the bed, and a large percentage of the various commodities thus obtained was absorbed by the bedclothes.
I don't want to pay too large a price for my friend, but I want you to have your proper percentage and be remunerated for your loss of time.
Anyone could have guessed that the shopkeepers paid him a percentage on the sales, but in our blessed innocence we didn't until this feature of his conduct grew unbearably prominent.