Definition of percentage in English:

percentage

noun

  • 1A rate, number, or amount in each hundred.

    ‘the percentage of Caesareans at the hospital was three per cent higher than the national average’
    as modifier ‘a large percentage increase’
    • ‘Share represents the percentage of televisions tuned to a particular program.’
    • ‘The official jobless rate is about 8 percent, but those percentages are not really meaningful.’
    • ‘You're talking here about managing tiny percentages.’
    • ‘The number of koalas hit by cars has increased in the past couple of years but so has the percentage of survivals relative to deaths.’
    • ‘The best way to compare loans is by looking at the cost of credit and the annual percentage rate.’
    • ‘How do you convert decimals and percentages to fractions?’
    • ‘An 8 percent effect may not seem like a big deal, but even a tiny decrease in shooting percentages can change the course of a season.’
    • ‘He expects the bank to lower its main rate by half a percentage point to 2 percent next month.’
    • ‘This Minister was asked what the percentage increase and growth figures are.’
    • ‘He said the offer meant a 4.8 per cent increase, with a greater percentage increase for some workers.’
    • ‘Gross margins rose by less than a percentage point to 39.7 per cent as more capacity was given over to production.’
    • ‘I can manage it half the time when she is somewhat still, but let her move even the tiniest bit and my percentages plummet into the single digits.’
    • ‘It would also help children with blood diseases such as leukaemia, and would hopefully increase the survival percentage rate.’
    • ‘This is enough to have increased the poverty rate by a half percentage point.’
    • ‘In this business it's all about tiny percentages.’
    • ‘The rate reverts to an annualised percentage rate of 16.9 per cent after six months.’
    • ‘On the customer disclosure form the annual interest rate won't carry a percentage sign.’
    • ‘The league table implies that a school's quality can be ascertained by its percentage of exam passes relative to other schools.’
    • ‘The penalty is an annual percentage rate of 26.8 per cent, from the month of the default.’
    • ‘To convert a fraction to a percentage, divide the numerator by the denominator.’
    rating, grade, mark
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    1. 1.1 Any proportion or share in relation to a whole.
      ‘only a tiny percentage of the day trippers are aware of the village's gastronomic distinction’
      • ‘Of course the dangerous few can never be educated and should be taken off the road, but in reality they are a tiny percentage of drivers.’
      • ‘In any case, the Supreme Court reviews only a tiny percentage of judicial rulings made each year.’
      • ‘There is a big corporate market for the championships, but their percentage of the whole audience is quite tiny.’
      • ‘Only a tiny percentage of laws are struck down when rational review is applied.’
      • ‘I'd love to know what percentage of the people who take the time to vote on that show have ever voted in an election.’
      • ‘The government campaign to increase pay for a few specialised senior nurses only affects a tiny percentage of the workforce.’
      • ‘I find only a very small percentage of people are willing to take time out and learn some new strategies.’
      • ‘This is just a straw poll and does not necessarily indicate that only a tiny percentage is at risk.’
      • ‘For a tiny percentage of the population, straight-leg pants are sexy and flattering.’
      • ‘That puts me in agreement with somewhere around half of the electorate in the US and a somewhat greater percentage of people world wide.’
      • ‘I bet if a referendum were called for, the percentage of the whole population would be nearly the same as that in the survey.’
      • ‘It is immoral and absurd to shackle all citizens because of the feared imprudence or disastrous luck of a tiny percentage.’
      • ‘When you really think about it, it's still a fairly small percentage of people getting it that way.’
      • ‘We are trained to think that only a tiny percentage of us have the stuff it takes to be a hero.’
      • ‘I only put up a tiny percentage of the stories that are posted on the site.’
      • ‘I cannot believe that more than a tiny percentage are activated by burglars.’
      • ‘There may be a small percentage that comes back, but a station does not usually get back the whole percentage that was lost.’
      • ‘Apart from a tiny percentage of the world's population, who drink desalinated seawater, the only water we drink is rainwater.’
      • ‘It doesn't mean that all of those books or even a tiny percentage of those books are going to be publishable.’
      • ‘It is only a very small percentage of people in the cinema field who make lots and lots of money.’
      portion, part, division, bit, quota, allowance, ration, allocation, allotment, lot, measure, due
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    2. 1.2 An amount, such as an allowance or commission, that is a proportion of a larger sum of money.
      ‘I hope to be on a percentage’
      allowance, allocation, quota, fixed amount, amount, quantity, share, portion, helping, allotment, measure, part, lot, proportion
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    3. 1.3informal mass noun Personal benefit or advantage.
      ‘I don't see the percentage in selling perfectly good furniture’
      advantage, benefit, good, use, usefulness, value, merit, worth, gain, profit, avail, result, outcome, effect
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Phrases

  • play the percentages (or the percentage game)

    • informal Choose a safe and methodical course of action when calculating the odds in favour of success.

      ‘Labour has been content to play the percentage game, keeping quiet when possible’
      ‘instead of a bright new era we can expect a diet of pragmatism and playing the percentages’
      • ‘Assured and controlled, yet never flashy or conspicuous, Jones played the percentages perfectly and in the process provided Wales with an unexpected triumph.’
      • ‘Of course, not many people play the percentages as well as that so the casino still makes a nice profit at blackjack.’
      • ‘Not for him playing the percentages, patting the ball round and favouring the cautious above the cavalier.’
      • ‘Despite playing with the significant breeze in the second period, the visitors failed to play the percentages.’
      • ‘We felt fresher than we had in the previous two games and while we knew Australia would come out and play the percentage game after half-time, we felt we were in control.’
      • ‘But playing the percentages can improve your chances considerably.’
      • ‘In rugby league, the side who plays the percentages better usually wins.’
      • ‘He has learnt to play the percentages, and is a better golfer for it.’
      • ‘I'm quite a percentage kind of person and I play the percentages in pretty much everything I do.’
      • ‘It's a batter's equivalent of playing the percentages.’

Pronunciation

percentage

/pəˈsɛntɪdʒ/