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Percent vs. Percentage: What's the Difference?

Edited by Sumera Saeed || By Sara Rehman || Published on January 25, 2024
Percent refers to a specific number in every hundred, represented by the symbol "%", whereas percentage is the general concept or method of expressing a number as a fraction of 100.

Key Differences

Percent (symbol: %) is used to express a number as a part of a whole, specifically a part per hundred. For example, 50% means 50 out of 100. Percentage, on the other hand, is a noun that refers to the amount, number, or rate of something expressed as a fraction of 100.
Sumera Saeed
Jan 25, 2024
In mathematics, percent is often used to describe a proportion relative to a whole. For example, saying "25% of the class" is specific. Percentage is used more generally, often in discussions about the concept, such as "calculating the percentage."
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024
When expressing ratios or comparisons, percent is the term used. For instance, "sales increased by 10% last year." Percentage is used to refer to the abstract concept or in expressions like "a large percentage of the population."
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024
Grammatically, percent is often used as an adjective or adverb, as in "a 20% increase" or "prices rose 5%." Percentage is a noun, as in "a significant percentage of the budget."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024
In practical terms, when referring to specific figures, percent is used, such as "60% of the vote." When discussing the concept or an unspecified amount, percentage is used, like "a high percentage of voters."
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024
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Comparison Chart

Definition

Part of a whole per hundred
Concept of expressing a fraction of 100
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Jan 25, 2024

Usage

Specific number (e.g., 50%)
General concept or method
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Jan 25, 2024

Context

Often in ratios/comparisons
General discussions, abstract
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Jan 25, 2024

Grammatical Role

Adjective/adverb
Noun
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Jan 25, 2024

Example Application

"30% discount"
"A small percentage of errors"
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Jan 25, 2024
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Percent and Percentage Definitions

Percent

Represents a fraction of a total in statistics.
40% of the survey respondents were under 30.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percentage

Used in describing the extent or degree of something.
Only a small percentage of applicants were accepted.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percent

Often used in expressing discounts or interest rates.
There was a 15% discount on all electronics.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 20, 2023

Percentage

Refers to a part or segment of a total or whole.
A significant percentage of the population voted in the election.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percent

A unit of measure equal to one hundredth of a total.
75% of the class passed the exam.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percentage

A rate or proportion per hundred.
The percentage of renewable energy usage is rising.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percent

Used to denote a proportion in relation to a whole.
Her investment grew by 10% last year.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 20, 2023

Percentage

A proportion or share in relation to a whole.
A large percentage of the budget was allocated to health care.
Harlon Moss
Dec 20, 2023

Percent

A rate per hundred used in calculations.
The tax was increased by 2% this year.
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Dec 20, 2023

Percentage

A fraction or ratio with 100 understood as the denominator; for example, 0.98 equals a percentage of 98.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

Out of each hundred; per hundred.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

The result obtained by multiplying a quantity by a percent.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

Pl. percent also per cent One part in a hundred
The report states that 42 percent of the alumni contributed to the endowment. Also called per centum.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

A proportion or share in relation to a whole; a part
The hecklers constituted only a small percentage of the audience.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

Pl. percents A percentage or portion
She has invested a large percent of her salary.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

An amount, such as an allowance, duty, or commission, that varies in proportion to a larger sum, such as total sales
Work for a percentage.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

Percents Chiefly British Public securities yielding interest at a specified percentage.
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Percentage

(Informal) Advantage; gain
There is no percentage in work without pay.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

Paying or demanding interest at a specified percentage
A 2.25 percent checking account.
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Percentage

The amount, number or rate of something, regarded as part of a total of 100; a part of a whole.
A high percentage of secondary school leavers take a gap year.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

For every hundred (used with preceding numeral to form a noun phrase expressing a proportion).
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Percentage

A share of the sales, profits, gross margin or similar.
She gets a percentage for every vacuum cleaner sold.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

A percentage, a proportion (especially per hundred).
Only a small percent attain the top ranks
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

(informal) Benefit or advantage.
There was no percentage in staying at home.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

One part per hundred; one percent.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

A certain rate per cent; the allowance, duty, rate of interest, discount, or commission, on a hundred.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

The percent sign, %.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

A proportion multiplied by 100
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Dec 19, 2023

Percent

An annuity or security with a certain fixed and guaranteed annual percentage rate of return or percentage dividend.
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Dec 19, 2023

Percentage

Assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group;
He wanted his share in cash
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Percent

A proportion multiplied by 100
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FAQs

What does percent mean?

Percent is a specific number representing a part of a whole per hundred.
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024

What is the meaning of percentage?

Percentage is a general concept of expressing a rate or proportion out of 100.
Sumera Saeed
Jan 25, 2024

Can percent and percentage be used interchangeably?

No, they have different uses; percent is specific, percentage is general.
Harlon Moss
Jan 25, 2024

How is percent used in a sentence?

As in, "The interest rate increased by 3%."
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024

How do you use percentage in a sentence?

Like, "A high percentage of the group agreed."
Harlon Moss
Jan 25, 2024

What is an example of percent in finance?

"The loan has an interest rate of 5%."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024

What symbol represents percent?

The percent symbol is "%."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024

How do you convert a number to percent?

Multiply by 100 and add the percent symbol.
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024

How is percentage calculated?

By dividing the part by the whole and multiplying by 100.
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Jan 25, 2024

Can percent be more than 100?

Yes, it can represent more than the whole in some contexts.
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024

Do percentages always add up to 100?

In some contexts, yes, but not always.
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024

Can percentage exceed 100?

Yes, it can also go beyond 100 in certain calculations.
Janet White
Jan 25, 2024

Can percentage be zero?

Yes, it can indicate no part or proportion.
Harlon Moss
Jan 25, 2024

What’s the difference in their usage in academic writing?

Percent is used for specific data, percentage for general discussion.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024

Is there a symbol for percentage?

No, percentage is written out as a word.
Janet White
Jan 25, 2024

Is percent always a smaller number?

Not necessarily; it depends on the whole it's compared to.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024

Is 0% a valid percent?

Yes, it represents none or zero part of the whole.
Harlon Moss
Jan 25, 2024

How do businesses use percentage?

Often in profit calculations, like "a 10% increase in sales."
Aimie Carlson
Jan 25, 2024

How is percentage used in statistics?

As in, "20% of the data points were outliers."
Janet White
Jan 25, 2024

How do you express a fraction as a percent?

Multiply the fraction by 100 and add the percent symbol.
Sara Rehman
Jan 25, 2024
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