I. preposition Etymology: Latin, through, by means of, by — more at for Date: 14th century 1. by the means or agency of ; through <
per bearer
2. with respect to every member of a specified group ; for each 3. according to — often used with as <
per instructions
as per usual
Usage: Per occurs most frequently in business contexts; its use outside such contexts is often criticized but is quite widespread, especially in sense 2. Its most common and natural nonbusiness uses always involve figures, usually in relation to price <
$150 per performance
, automobiles <
32 miles per gallon
55 miles per hour
, or sports <
averages 15 points and 9 rebounds per game
. II. adverb Date: 1899 for each ; apiece <
a bargain at $3.50 per
III. abbreviation 1. period 2. person

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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