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also per cent  (pər-sĕnt′)
Out of each hundred; per hundred.
1. pl. percent also per cent One part in a hundred: The report states that 42 percent of the alumni contributed to the endowment. Also called per centum.
2. pl. percents A percentage or portion: She has invested a large percent of her salary.
3. percents Chiefly British Public securities yielding interest at a specified percentage.
Paying or demanding interest at a specified percentage: a 2.25 percent checking account.

[Short for Early Modern English per centum (formed on the model of Italian per cento, for (every) hundred) : Latin per, through, by; see per + centum, hundred; see dekm̥ in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: Statistically speaking, a quantity can be increased by any percentage but cannot be decreased by more than 100 percent. Once pollution has been reduced by 100 percent, for example, it ceases to exist. In defiance of this logic, however, advertisers sometimes refer to a 150 percent decrease in lost luggage or a new dental rinse that reduces plaque on teeth by over 300 percent. Presumably what is implied by the latter is that the new rinse is three times as effective as some other rinse, but such constructions are still subject to criticism as illogical. · Percent can take a singular or plural verb, depending on how the quantity being described is viewed. Very often what determines the form of the verb is the noun nearest to it. Thus one might say Eighty percent of the legislators are going to vote against the bill or Eighty percent of the legislature is set to vote the bill down. In the second sentence the group of legislators is considered as a body, not as individuals. When percent is used without a following prepositional phrase, either a singular or plural verb is acceptable.
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per cent

(pə ˈsɛnt)
Also: per centum in or for every hundred. Symbol: %
1. a percentage or proportion
2. (Stock Exchange) (often plural) securities yielding a rate of interest as specified: he bought three percents.
[C16: from Medieval Latin per centum out of every hundred]
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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.
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بِالمِئَه، في المائَهبِالْـمِائةِ
prósent, hundraîstala
phần trăm

per cent

[pəˈsent] Npor ciento
20 per centel 20 por ciento
it has increased by eight per centha aumentado (en) un ocho por ciento
there's a ten per cent discounthay un descuento del diez por cien(to), hay un diez por ciento de descuento
the population is 90 per cent Roman Catholicel 90 por ciento de la población es católica
a half (a) per cent cut in interest ratesun recorte de un cero coma cinco por ciento en los tipos de interés
100 per centcien por cien
he's not feeling a hundred per cent todayhoy no se encuentra al cien por cien
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per cent

percent [pɜːrˈsɛnt]
npour cent
fifty per cent → cinquante pour cent
by 15 per cent → de 15 pour cent
to fall by five per cent → baisser de cinq pour cent
to rise five per cent → augmenter de cinq pour cent
to fall five per cent → baisser de cinq pour cent
to rise five per cent → augmenter de cinq pour cent
a 20 per cent discount → une réduction de 20 pour cent
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

per cent

, (US) percent
nProzent nt; per cent sign (Typ) → Prozentzeichen nt; what per cent?wie viel Prozent?; 20 per cent20 Prozent; a 10 per cent discount10 Prozent Rabatt; a ten per cent increaseeine zehnprozentige Steigerung; to increase something by 10 per centetw um 10 Prozent erhöhen; to give 100 per cent100 Prozent geben; I’m 99 per cent certain that …ich bin (zu) 99 Prozent sicher, dass …
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per cent

1. nper cento
2. advper cento
a 20 per cent discount → uno sconto del 20 per cento
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(pəː) preposition
1. out of. We have less than one mistake per page.
2. for each. The dinner will cost $15 per person.
3. in each. six times per week.
per cent (pəˈsent) adverb
, noun (often written % with figures) (of numbers, amounts etc) stated as a fraction of one hundred. Twenty-five per cent of one hundred and twenty is thirty; 25% of the people did not reply to our letters.
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per cent

بِالْـمِائةِ procento procent Prozent τοις εκατό por cien prosenttia pour cent postotak per cento 百につき ...퍼센트만큼 procent prosent procent por cento выраженный в процентах procent เปอร์เซ็นต์ yüzde phần trăm 百分数
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References in classic literature ?
There are strandings and strandings, but I am safe to say that 90 per cent. of them are occasions in which a sailor, without dishonour, may well wish himself dead; and I have no doubt that of those who had the experience of their ship taking the ground, 90 per cent.
Hitherto, I believe, it may safely be asserted, that these duties have not upon an average exceeded in any State three per cent. In France they are estimated to be about fifteen per cent., and in Britain they exceed this proportion.[1] There seems to be nothing to hinder their being increased in this country to at least treble their present amount.
But not one-tenth of one per cent. of us will join any organization for the prevention of cruelty to animals, and by our words and acts and contributions work to prevent the perpetration of cruelties on animals.
Permits are now being offered to one private company in each city, in return for three per cent of the revenue.
A third gentleman did all business by personal application, advanced money on anything or nothing; the lightest and airiest promise was enough to content him according to his circular, and finally he never asked for more than five per cent. This struck the Admiral as far the most promising, and his wrinkles relaxed, and his frown softened away as he gazed at it.
Our loves are not given, but only lent, At compound interest of cent per cent. Though it is not always the case, I believe, That the longer we've kept 'em, the more do we grieve: For, when debts are payable, right or wrong, A short-time loan is as bad as a long So why in Heaven (before we are there!) Should we give our hearts to a dog to tear?
Of the total number of persons engaged in occupations in the United States, only nine-tenths of one per cent are from the Plutocracy, yet the Plutocracy owns seventy per cent of the total wealth.
"Of course, sixty-five per cent of the gate receipts, same as with Carthey.
The twenty thousand livres I had of you are still employed in my trade, in which they bring me nine per cent. I give you seven, so I gain two by you."
In a thousand grammes are found 96 1/2 per cent. of water, and about 2 2/3 per cent.
Now I do more work than I did in the service, and like you I get five per cent on the land, and thank God for that.
You will please note that we have increased your royalties to twenty per cent, which is about as high as a conservative publishing house dares go.