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"person" in British English

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personnoun [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 ​restaurantcosts about $70 for two people.formal Four persons have been ​charged with the ​murder. used when ​describing someone's ​character: She's an ​extremelykind 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 ​likesbooks).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 ​narratorseem to be the same. "Am" is the first person ​singular of the ​verb "to be".

-personsuffix

uk   /-pɜː.sən/  us   /-pɝː-/
used to ​combine with ​nouns to ​form new ​nouns referring to the ​particularjob or ​duty that someone has. It is often used ​instead of -man or -woman to ​avoid making an ​unnecessarystatement about the ​sex of the ​particularperson: spokesperson chairperson businesspeople
(Definition of person from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"person" in American English

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personnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɜr·sən/ (plural people  /ˈpi·pəl/ or persons)
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 ​planecrashed 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 ​likesbooks). 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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(Definition of person from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"person" in Business English

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personnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈpɜːsən/ (persons)
LAW →  legal person
(Definition of person from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “person”
in Korean 사람, 인간…
in Arabic شَخْص…
in Malaysian orang, bersamanya…
in French personne, soi…
in Russian человек, личность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 人, (用於描述人的某一品質)…的人…
in Italian persona…
in Turkish kişi, birey, şahıs…
in Polish osoba…
in Spanish persona, encima (suyo)…
in Vietnamese người, theo người…
in Portuguese pessoa…
in Thai มนุษย์, ที่ตัว…
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…
in Indonesian orang, diri…
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