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people

plural noun  us   /ˈpi·pəl/

people plural noun (PERSONS)

men, women, and children generally; pl of person : There were a lot of people there. Some people were hurt. People can refer to a particular group mentioned: young/old people poor/rich people Those people look as if they’re lost. When you say the people, you mean the large number of ordinary men and women who do not have positions of power: The president wanted to take his message directly to the people.Note: See the usage note at person.

people

noun [C]  us   /ˈpi·pəl/

people noun [C] (NATION)

a culture or nation: It is a custom shared by many Native American peoples.

people

verb [T]  us   /ˈpi·pəl/

people verb [T] (PERSONS)

If a place is peopled by a particular type of people, they have moved there or live there: Honolulu is peopled by native Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, white Americans, and others.
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