Definition of percentage in US English:

percentage

noun

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

    ‘the percentage of cesareans at the hospital was three percent higher than the national average’
    as modifier ‘a large percentage increase in the population over 85’
    • ‘He said the offer meant a 4.8 per cent increase, with a greater percentage increase for some workers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The official jobless rate is about 8 percent, but those percentages are not really meaningful.’
    • ‘Share represents the percentage of televisions tuned to a particular program.’
    • ‘This is enough to have increased the poverty rate by a half percentage point.’
    • ‘It would also help children with blood diseases such as leukaemia, and would hopefully increase the survival percentage rate.’
    • ‘The league table implies that a school's quality can be ascertained by its percentage of exam passes relative to other schools.’
    • ‘You're talking here about managing tiny percentages.’
    • ‘The rate reverts to an annualised percentage rate of 16.9 per cent after six months.’
    • ‘The best way to compare loans is by looking at the cost of credit and the annual percentage rate.’
    • ‘Gross margins rose by less than a percentage point to 39.7 per cent as more capacity was given over to production.’
    • ‘How do you convert decimals and percentages to fractions?’
    • ‘This Minister was asked what the percentage increase and growth figures are.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To convert a fraction to a percentage, divide the numerator by the denominator.’
    • ‘The penalty is an annual percentage rate of 26.8 per cent, from the month of the default.’
    • ‘In this business it's all about tiny percentages.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the customer disclosure form the annual interest rate won't carry a percentage sign.’
    rating, grade, mark
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    1. 1.1 Any proportion or share in relation to a whole.
      ‘only a small percentage of black Americans have Caribbean roots’
      • ‘I bet if a referendum were called for, the percentage of the whole population would be nearly the same as that in the survey.’
      • ‘For a tiny percentage of the population, straight-leg pants are sexy and flattering.’
      • ‘There may be a small percentage that comes back, but a station does not usually get back the whole percentage that was lost.’
      • ‘In any case, the Supreme Court reviews only a tiny percentage of judicial rulings made each year.’
      • ‘We are trained to think that only a tiny percentage of us have the stuff it takes to be a hero.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I cannot believe that more than a tiny percentage are activated by burglars.’
      • ‘When you really think about it, it's still a fairly small percentage of people getting it that way.’
      • ‘I find only a very small percentage of people are willing to take time out and learn some new strategies.’
      • ‘That puts me in agreement with somewhere around half of the electorate in the US and a somewhat greater percentage of people world wide.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is immoral and absurd to shackle all citizens because of the feared imprudence or disastrous luck of a tiny percentage.’
      • ‘I only put up a tiny percentage of the stories that are posted on the site.’
      • ‘This is just a straw poll and does not necessarily indicate that only a tiny percentage is at risk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The government campaign to increase pay for a few specialised senior nurses only affects a tiny percentage of the workforce.’
      • ‘Apart from a tiny percentage of the world's population, who drink desalinated seawater, the only water we drink is rainwater.’
      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.
      ‘you explain to me the percentage in looking like a hoodlum’
      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 favor of success.

      • ‘But playing the percentages can improve your chances considerably.’
      • ‘In rugby league, the side who plays the percentages better usually wins.’
      • ‘It's a batter's equivalent of playing the percentages.’
      • ‘Despite playing with the significant breeze in the second period, the visitors failed to play the percentages.’
      • ‘Not for him playing the percentages, patting the ball round and favouring the cautious above the cavalier.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm quite a percentage kind of person and I play the percentages in pretty much everything I do.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He has learnt to play the percentages, and is a better golfer for it.’

Pronunciation

percentage

/pərˈsen(t)ij//pərˈsɛn(t)ɪdʒ/