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"people" in American English

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peopleplural noun

 us   /ˈpi·pəl/
  • people plural noun (PERSONS)

men, women, and ​childrengenerally; pl ofperson: There were a lot of people there. Some people were ​hurt.
People can refer to a ​particulargroupmentioned: young/​old people poor/​rich people Those people ​look as if they’re ​lost.
When you say the people, you ​mean the ​largenumber of ​ordinary men and women who do not have ​positions of ​power: The ​presidentwanted to take his ​messagedirectly to the people.
Note: See the usage note at person.

peoplenoun [C]

 us   /ˈpi·pəl/
  • people noun [C] (NATION)

a ​culture or ​nation: It is a ​customshared by many ​Native American peoples.

peopleverb [T]

 us   /ˈpi·pəl/
  • people verb [T] (PERSONS)

If a ​place is peopled by a ​particulartype of people, they have moved there or ​live there: Honolulu is peopled by ​native Hawaiians, Japanese, Chinese, Filipinos, ​whiteAmericans, and ​others.
(Definition of people from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"people" in British English

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peoplenoun [plural]

uk   /ˈpiː.pəl/  us   /ˈpiː.pəl/
A1 men, women, and ​children: Many people never do any ​exercise. We've ​invited 30 people to ​ourparty.
used to refer to everyone, or ​informally to the ​group that you are ​speaking to: People will ​think you've gone ​mad. People like to be made to ​feelimportant. Now that we've ​discussedourproblems, are people ​happy with the ​decisions we've made?
men and women who are ​involved in a ​particulartype of ​work: We'll have to get the people at the ​citycouncil to ​look at these ​plans. Most of her ​friends are ​media people.
the people
C1 the ​largenumber of ​ordinary men and women who do not have ​positions of ​power in ​society: She ​claims to be the ​voice of the people. The ​president has ​lost the ​support of the people. the people's Princess
sb's people informal
the people someone is ​related to: Her people come from ​Scotlandoriginally.

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peoplenoun [C]

uk   /ˈpiː.pəl/  us   /ˈpiː.pəl/
(Definition of people from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"people" in Business English

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peoplenoun [plural]

uk   us   /ˈpiːpl/
HR the people who ​work for a particular ​organization or ​person: Firms need to ​keepinvesting both in ​infrastructure and their people. Your people can ​talk to my people about ​percentages.
(Definition of people from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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