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person

noun [C]  /ˈpɜr·sən/ ( plural people  /ˈpi·pəl/ or persons) us  
a man, woman, or child: Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. The auditorium can seat about 500 people. The plane crashed just after takeoff, killing all 29 persons aboard. Person is also used when describing someone’s character or personality: I don’t think of him as a book person (= someone who likes books). She’s nice enough as a person, but she’s not right for the job.Note: In formal writing, the plural "persons" is sometimes preferred over "people," but "persons" is also used in news reports – At least 30 persons are dead or missing – and in the phrase "person or persons" when the number of people is not known – We expect to catch the person or persons responsible.
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in Korean 사람, 인간…
in Arabic شَخْص…
in French personne, soi…
in Turkish kişi, birey, şahıs…
in Italian persona…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, (用於描述人的某一品質)…的人…
in Russian человек, личность…
in Polish osoba…
in Spanish persona, encima (suyo)…
in Portuguese pessoa…
in German die Person, der Körper…
in Catalan persona…
in Japanese 人, 人間…
in Chinese (Simplified) 人, (用于描述人的某一品质)…的人…
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