Definition of per in English:


Syllabification: per
Pronunciation: /pər


  • 1For each (used with units to express a rate): a gas station that charges $1.29 per gallon
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    • Her respiratory rate was 36 breaths per minute with rapid and shallow breathing.
    • The only evidence of the cost of repainting was expressed in terms of a rate per square metre.
    • The charge of this card per minute is a little bit higher than the monthly subscription model.
  • 2 archaic By means of: send it per express
  • 3 (as per) In accordance with: made as per instructions
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    • Meanwhile, cook the noodles as per pack instructions, then drain, reserving some of the cooking liquid.
    • Two years ago, I bought a tree fern and potted it as per instructions.
    • The road was not widened in the last 15 days as per the police's comment in the report.
  • 4 Heraldry Divided by a line in the direction of: per bend per pale per saltire


as per usual

As usual.
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  • This summer, as per usual, they were a main attraction at gigs up and down New Zealand.
  • And, as per usual with any politician, the data appears to have been cherry-picked to create the worse possible scenario.
  • I'd been at a party, and had a few drinks, as per usual.


Latin, 'through, by means of'; partly via Old French.

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