- 1A rate, number, or amount in each hundred: the percentage of Caesareans at the hospital was three per cent higher than the national average [as modifier]: a large percentage increaseMore example sentences
- It would also help children with blood diseases such as leukaemia, and would hopefully increase the survival percentage rate.
- The rate reverts to an annualised percentage rate of 16.9 per cent after six months.
- He expects the bank to lower its main rate by half a percentage point to 2 percent next month.
- 1.1Any proportion or share in relation to a whole: only a tiny percentage of the day trippers are aware of the village’s gastronomic distinctionMore example sentences
- There is a big corporate market for the championships, but their percentage of the whole audience is quite tiny.
- I bet if a referendum were called for, the percentage of the whole population would be nearly the same as that in the survey.
- There may be a small percentage that comes back, but a station does not usually get back the whole percentage that was lost.
play the percentages (or the percentage game)
- • informal Choose a safe and methodical course of action when calculating the odds in favour of success: Labour has been content to play the percentage game, keeping quiet when possible instead of a bright new era we can expect a diet of pragmatism and playing the percentages[referring to the calculated percentage of success from statistics]More example sentences
- I'm quite a percentage kind of person and I play the percentages in pretty much everything I do.
- Not for him playing the percentages, patting the ball round and favouring the cautious above the cavalier.
- Of course, not many people play the percentages as well as that so the casino still makes a nice profit at blackjack.
More definitions of percentageDefinition of percentage in:
- The US English dictionary