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per Syllabification: per

Definition of per in English:


1For each (used with units to express a rate): a gas station that charges $1.29 per gallon
More example sentences
  • 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


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


as per usual

As usual.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with per

à deux, agent provocateur, astir, auteur, aver, bestir, blur, bon viveur, burr, Chandigarh, coiffeur, concur, confer, connoisseur, cordon-bleu, cri de cœur, cur, danseur, Darfur, defer, demur, de rigueur, deter, entrepreneur, er, err, farceur, faute de mieux, fir, flâneur, Fleur, force majeure, fur, hauteur, her, infer, inter, jongleur, Kerr, littérateur, longueur, masseur, Monseigneur, monsieur, Montesquieu, Montreux, murre, myrrh, occur, pas de deux, Pasteur, pisteur, poseur, pot-au-feu, prefer, prie-dieu, pudeur, purr, raconteur, rapporteur, refer, répétiteur, restaurateur, saboteur, sabreur, seigneur, Sher, shirr, sir, skirr, slur, souteneur, spur, stir, tant mieux, transfer, Ur, vieux jeu, voyageur, voyeur, were, whirr

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