- per|cent1 S3 also per cent BrE [pəˈsent US pər-] adj, adv1.) 5 percent (5%)/10 percent (10%) etcequal to five, ten etc parts out of a total of 100 parts▪ a 10% increase in house prices▪ a company with a forty percent stake in the project2.) a/one hundred percentcompletely▪ I agree with you a hundred percent.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬HINT sense 1Use percent only with a number (30 percent, 9 percent etc). If you mean 'an amount expressed as part of a total' use percentage: A high percentage (NOT percent) of the population was illiterate.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬percent 2percent2 W3S3 n also per cent BrE5 percent (5%)/10 percent (10%) etcan amount equal to five, ten etc parts out of a total of 100 parts▪ The bank charges interest at 14%.5 percent (5%)/10 percent (10%) etc of▪ 80 percent of the population voted.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.