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percentage 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.
Per cent is sometimes written as one word, especially in American English.
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.
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.
When percentage is used in front of a singular form or an uncountable noun, you use a singular form of a verb after it.
|Noun||1.||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"
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"
assets - anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company
what is the percentage of nitrogen in air? → ¿cuál es el porcentaje de nitrógeno en el aire?
a large percentage of people are immune → un gran porcentaje de la gente es inmune
the figure is expressed as a percentage → la cifra está expresada en tantos por ciento
on a percentage basis California lost more jobs than any other state → según los porcentajes California perdió más puestos de trabajo que ningún otro estado
a high percentage are girls → un alto or elevado porcentaje son chicas
in percentage terms → proporcionalmente
my percentage is deducted beforehand → mi porcentaje se deduce antes
to get a percentage on all sales → recibir un tanto por ciento sobre todas las ventas
on a percentage basis → a porcentaje
all they're after is their percentage → lo único que buscan es llevarse una tajada