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percentage
/pɚˈsɛntɪʤ/
noun
plural
percentages
plural
percentages
Learner's definition of PERCENTAGE
1
[count]
:
a number or rate that is expressed as a certain number of parts of something divided into 100 parts

If a goalie saves 96 out of 100 shots, his save percentage is 96 percent.

The percentages of women completing high school and college were 95 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

Interest rates fell two percentage points. [=interest rates fell two percent]
2
[singular]
:
a part of a whole
:
portion
3
[count]
:
a part or share of the profit earned when something is sold
—
usually singular
no percentage
informal
—
used to say that something should not be done because there is no chance that it will produce a good result