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  ( hundreds    plural  )
The plural form is hundred after a number, or after a word or expression referring to a number, such as `several' or `a few'.     
1       num   Ahundred or onehundred is the number 100.  
usu a/num NUM  
According to one official more than a hundred people have been arrested.     
2       quant   If you refer to hundreds of things or people, you are emphasizing that there are very many of them.  
QUANT of pl-n     (emphasis)    Hundreds of tree species face extinction...     
      You can also use hundreds as a pronoun., pron  
Hundreds have been killed in the fighting and thousands made homeless.     
3    You can use a hundred per cent or one hundred per cent to emphasize that you agree completely with something or that it is completely right or wrong.  
INFORMAL  
a hundred per cent/one hundred percent      phrase   PHR adj, PHR after v     (emphasis)    (=absolutely)  
Are you a hundred per cent sure it's your neighbour?...     
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