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person

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɜː.sən/ us    /ˈpɝː-/ ( plural people or formal persons)

person noun [C] (HUMAN)

A1 a man, woman, or child: Who was the first person to swim the English Channel? A meal at the restaurant costs about $70 for two people. formal Four persons have been charged with the murder. used when describing someone's character: She's an extremely kind person. He's nice enough as a person, but he's not the right man for this job. informal I don't think of him as a book person (= a person who likes books).in person B2 If you do something or go somewhere in person, you do it or go there yourself: If you can't be there in person, the next best thing is watching it on TV.
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person noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language, language used in grammar to describe the verbs and pronouns that refer to the different people in a conversation. The first person ("I" or "we") refers to the person speaking, the second person ("you") refers to the person being spoken to and the third person ("he", "she", "it", or "they") refers to another person or thing being spoken about or described: The novel is written in the first person, so that the author and narrator seem to be the same. "Am" is the first person singular of the verb "to be".
Translations of “person”
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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