Proportion vs. Percent — What's the Difference?

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Proportion

A part, share, or number considered in comparative relation to a whole
The proportion of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is rising
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Percent

Out of each hundred; per hundred.
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Proportion

Adjust or regulate (something) so that it has a particular or suitable relationship to something else
A life after death in which happiness can be proportioned to virtue
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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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Proportion

A part or amount considered in relation to a whole
What is the proportion of helium in the atmosphere?.
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Percent

Pl. percents A percentage or portion
She has invested a large percent of her salary.
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Proportion

A relationship between things or parts of things with respect to comparative magnitude, quantity, or degree
The proper proportion between oil and vinegar in the dressing.
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Percent

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

A relationship between quantities such that if one varies then another varies in a manner dependent on the first
"We do not always find visible happiness in proportion to visible virtue" (Samuel Johnson).
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Percent

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

The agreeable or harmonious relation of parts within a whole
The statue seems out of proportion.
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Percent

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

Often proportions Dimensions; size
First measure the proportions of the room.
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Percent

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

(Mathematics) A statement of equality between two ratios. Four quantities, a, b, c, d, are said to be in proportion if a/b = c/d .
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Percent

One part per hundred; one percent.
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Proportion

To adjust so that proper relations between parts are attained
Have you proportioned the oil in the dressing properly?.
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Percent

The percent sign, %.
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Proportion

To form the parts of with balance or symmetry
The artist proportioned the figure nicely.
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Percent

An annuity or security with a certain fixed and guaranteed annual percentage rate of return or percentage dividend.
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Proportion

(countable) A quantity of something that is part of the whole amount or number.
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Percent

A proportion multiplied by 100
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Proportion

(uncountable) Harmonious relation of parts to each other or to the whole.
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Proportion

(countable) Proper or equal share.
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Proportion

The relation of one part to another or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree.
The proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body
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Proportion

A statement of equality between two ratios.
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Proportion

The "rule of three", in which three terms are given to find a fourth.
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Size.
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Proportion

(transitive) To divide into proper shares; to apportion.
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Proportion

(transitive) To form symmetrically.
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Proportion

To set or render in proportion.
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Proportion

To correspond to.
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Proportion

The relation or adaptation of one portion to another, or to the whole, as respect magnitude, quantity, or degree; comparative relation; ratio; as, the proportion of the parts of a building, or of the body.
The image of Christ, made after his own proportion.
Formed in the best proportions of her sex.
Documents are authentic and facts are true precisely in proportion to the support which they afford to his theory.
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Proportion

Harmonic relation between parts, or between different things of the same kind; symmetrical arrangement or adjustment; symmetry; as, to be out of proportion.
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Proportion

The portion one receives when a whole is distributed by a rule or principle; equal or proper share; lot.
Let the women . . . do the same things in their proportions and capacities.
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Proportion

A part considered comparatively; a share.
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Proportion

The equality or similarity of ratios, especially of geometrical ratios; or a relation among quantities such that the quotient of the first divided by the second is equal to that of the third divided by the fourth; - called also geometrical proportion, in distinction from arithmetical proportion, or that in which the difference of the first and second is equal to the difference of the third and fourth.
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Proportion

The rule of three, in arithmetic, in which the three given terms, together with the one sought, are proportional.
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Proportion

To adjust in a suitable proportion, as one thing or one part to another; as, to proportion the size of a building to its height; to proportion our expenditures to our income.
In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to the real value . . . but to the value our fancies set upon it.
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Proportion

To form with symmetry or suitableness, as the parts of the body.
Nature had proportioned her without any fault.
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Proportion

To divide into equal or just shares; to apportion.
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Proportion

The quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
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Proportion

Magnitude or extent;
A building of vast proportions
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Proportion

Balance among the parts of something
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Proportion

Harmonious arrangement or relation of parts or elements within a whole (as in a design);
In all perfectly beautiful objects there is found the opposition of one part to another and a reciprocal balance
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Proportion

Give pleasant proportions to;
Harmonize a building with those surrounding it
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Proportion

Adjust in size relative to other things
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