percentage


percentage
per|cen|tage
W3 [pəˈsentıdʒ US pər-] n
1.) [U and C]
an amount expressed as if it is part of a total which is 100
percentage of
The percentage of school leavers that go to university is about five per cent.
Tax is paid as a percentage of total income.
high/low/small percentage
A high percentage of married women have part-time jobs.
Interest rates fell by six percentage points (=6%) .
The numbers are small in percentage terms (=when calculated as a percentage) .
percentage change/increase etc
Crime figures showed significant percentage increases.
2.) [C usually singular]
a share of the profits
She gets a percentage for every record sold.
3.) there is no percentage in doing sth
BrE informal used to say that doing something is not going to help or be useful
There's no percentage in worrying.
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HINT sense 1
If the noun that follows a percentage of is plural, use a plural verb: Only a small percentage of people are interested in politics.
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Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • percentage — I noun allotment, commission, contingent, factorage, fraction, interest, moiety, part, percent, portion, proportion, quota, rate per hundred, ratio, ration, share II index commission (fee), moiety, part (por …   Law dictionary

  • percentage — 1789, from PERCENT (Cf. percent) + AGE (Cf. age). Sense of profit, advantage is from 1862 …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Percentage — In mathematics, a percentage is a way of expressing a number as a fraction of 100 ( per cent meaning per hundred ). It is often denoted using the percent sign, % . For example, 45% (read as forty five percent ) is equal to 45 / 100, or… …   Wikipedia

  • percentage — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ considerable, high, huge, large, overwhelming, significant, sizeable, substantial ▪ The area has a high percentage of unemployed men …   Collocations dictionary


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