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cent

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Pronunciation: /sɛnt
 
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Definition of cent in English:

noun

1A monetary unit in various countries, equal to one hundredth of a dollar, euro, or other decimal currency unit: the pound is down two cents at one dollar forty he was paid 40 cents an hour
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  • How many cents equal one dollar is not something that is subject to fluctuations.
  • At the same time, the dollar traded near 88.5 cents against the euro, its lowest level since 17 May.
  • Currently, 92 cents of every dollar spent on conservation payments to farmers is for their retiring environmentally sensitive land from production.
1.1 informal A small sum of money: she saved every cent possible
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  • We fail to understand the huge difference, and everyone is going to save that few extra cents wherever possible.
  • It's the perception that I'm probably saving a few cents in the long run.
  • Every cent of that money should be spent for a good reason, especially in a time of budget difficulties, as a matter of public interest.
1.2 [with negative] informal Used for emphasis to denote no money at all: he hadn’t yet earned a cent
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  • After all, given the Parliamentary taxpayer funded work that they have done in the past, I think we deserve an assurance that not one cent of taxpayer money went into the website.
  • It asked for not one cent of provincial money, and in fact was required to pay a ‘negative subsidy’ of some $30 million a year to the province.
  • ‘Not one cent of taxpayers money has been used in any other than the most proper ethical and moral way,’ he told reporters.
2 Music One hundredth of a semitone.
Example sentences
  • Subsidy levels will be equivalent to 20 cents per litre of pure ethanol for two years, 15 cents per litre for three years and 10 cents per litre for three years.
  • Geraldton motorists are now paying an average of 103.4 cents a litre for unleaded fuel - more than 4 cents more than two weeks ago.
  • What strikes me as absurd is that the UK and other countries are only too happy to allow big employers move previously good paying jobs from their home countries to Eastern Europe for a few cents on the euro but heavens no, don't let those eastern Europeans come to the west.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'a hundred'): from French cent, Italian cento, or Latin centum 'hundred'.

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