Meaning of PERCENTAGE in English
per ‧ cen ‧ tage W3 AC /pəˈsentɪdʒ $ pər-/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: noun : precent, ↑ percentage ; adverb : ↑ percent ; adjective : ↑ percent ]
1 . [uncountable and countable] an amount expressed as if it is part of a total which is 100
The percentage of school leavers that go to university is about five per cent.
Tax is paid as a percentage of total income.
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.
If the noun that follows a percentage of is plural, use a plural verb after it:
Only a small percentage of people are interested in politics.
2 . [countable usually singular] a share of the profits:
She gets a percentage for every record sold.
3 . there is no percentage in doing something British English 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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A high percentage of our students pass the exam.
Only a small percentage of people suffer from the allergy.
We get a significant percentage of our oil from Nigeria and Angola.
■ percentage + NOUN
▪ a percentage point (=one percent)
The party increased its share of the vote by almost 4 percentage points.
▪ a percentage increase/change
Poorer pensioners experienced the greatest percentage increase in their pensions.
▪ in percentage terms
The quantity of carbon dioxide was, in percentage terms, extremely small.
▪ express something as a percentage
The number is expressed as a percentage of the total population of the country.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012