# ratio

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

### Pronunciation

• IPA: /ɻeɪ.ʃi.oʊ/
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## Noun

1. A ratio is the comparison in size or number between two things. It is written ${\displaystyle x:y}$ and read ${\displaystyle x}$ to ${\displaystyle y}$. It is the same as the fraction ${\displaystyle {\frac {x}{y}}}$.
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.