A percentage is a portion of a whole expressed as a number between 0 and 100 rather than as a fraction. All of something is 100 percent, half of it is fifty percent, none of something is zero percent.

To determine a percentage, you divide the portion of the whole by the whole itself and multiply by 100. So if you just ate two pieces of an eight-piece pie, and you want to know what percentage of the pie you consumed, you'd first divide 2 by 8 which equals .25. Then multiply .25 times 100 and get 25 percent. A percentage can also mean a portion of something but only when it has to do with numbers. When you buy furniture, the salesman gets a percentage of what you spend.

Definitions of percentage

n a proportion in relation to a whole (which is usually the amount per hundred)

pct, per centum, percent
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absentee rate
the percentage of workers who do not report to work
occupancy rate
the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) are occupied or rented at a given time
vacancy rate
the percentage of all rental units (as in hotels) that are unoccupied or not rented at a given time
unemployment rate
the percentage of the work force that is unemployed at any given date
hospital occupancy
occupancy rate for hospitals
hotel occupancy
occupancy rate for hotels
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the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole

n assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group

part, portion, share
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a portion of something (especially money)
a share that has been dispensed or distributed
a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
a portion of something divided into shares
a fixed portion that is allotted (especially in times of scarcity)
an amount allowed or granted (as during a given period)
piece, slice
a share of something
a promised or claimed share of loot or money
interest, stake
(law) a right or legal share of something; a financial involvement with something
profit sharing
a system in which employees receive a share of the net profits of the business
a share of the profits
allocation, allotment
a share set aside for a specific purpose
funds advanced to a prospector or to someone starting a business in return for a share of the profits
controlling interest
ownership of more than 50% of a corporation's voting shares
insurable interest
an interest in a person or thing that will support the issuance of an insurance policy; an interest in the survival of the insured or in the preservation of the thing that is insured
vested interest
(law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another
security interest
any interest in a property that secures the payment of an obligation
terminable interest
an interest in property that terminates under specific conditions
undivided interest, undivided right
the interest in property owned by tenants whereby each tenant has an equal right to enjoy the entire property
an interest in land capable of being inherited
rake-off, vigorish
a percentage (of winnings or loot or profit) taken by an operator or gangster
a share that has been allocated again
a proportional share assigned to each participant
privy purse
allowance for a monarch's personal expenses
the ownership interest of shareholders in a corporation
(law) an interest in an estate that reverts to the grantor (or his heirs) at the end of some period (e.g., the death of the grantee)
(frequently plural) the interest possessed by law or custom in some intangible thing
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anything of material value or usefulness that is owned by a person or company

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