# ratio

Ratio is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

## Noun

 Singular ratio
1. A ratio is the comparison in size or number between two things. It is written $x:y$ and read $x$ to $y$. It is the same as the fraction $\frac {x} {y}$.
The ratio of men's jobs to women's is 8 to 1.
But Germany now has one of the highest ratios of spending to GDP in the European Community.
The low student/teacher ratio makes this a great school.