1 [uncountable and countable]HM
an amount expressed as if it is part of a total which is 100
The percentage of school leavers that go to university is about five per cent.
Tax is paid as a percentage of total income.
A high percentage of married women have part-time jobs.
Interest rates fell by six percentage points (=6%).
The numbers are small in percentage terms (=when calculated as a percentage).
percentage change/increase etc! If the noun that follows a percentage of is plural, use a plural verb: Only a small percentage of people are interested in politics.
Crime figures showed significant percentage increases.
2 [countable usually singular]BB
a share of the profits:
She gets a percentage for every record sold.
3 British English informal
used to say that doing something is not going to help or be useful:
There's no percentage in worrying.