Meaning of PERCENTAGE in English



Pronunciation: p ə r- ' sen-tij

Function: noun

Date: circa 1789

1 a : a part of a whole expressed in hundredths <a high percentage of students attended> b : the result obtained by multiplying a number by a percent <the percentage equals the rate times the base>

2 a : a share of winnings or profits b : ADVANTAGE , PROFIT <no percentage in going around looking like an old sack of laundry ― Wallace Stegner>

3 : an indeterminate part : PROPORTION

4 a : PROBABILITY b : favorable odds

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.