people - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    the plural of person

    young/old people

    a group/crowd of people

    Thousands of people marched in protest.

    The accident left three people dead and many injured.

    People were running everywhere.

    many/few/some people:

    Many people here would agree with you.

    1. a.
      [plural] used for referring to humans in general

      People tend to think that doctors know everything.

    2. b.
      [plural] men and women who work for the same organization, do the same type of work, or share the same interests

      scientifically-minded people

  2. 2

    the people

    [plural] ordinary people who are not members of the government or the upper classes

    On this issue, government has failed to listen to the people.

    a man/woman of the people:

    Many thought the governor was a man of the people (=a leader who cares about ordinary people).

  3. 3
    [countable] a group consisting of all the persons who belong to a nation, religion, or race: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    the Japanese/Spanish/German people

    They are a proud, dignified people.

    Over thousands of years, peoples from central Asia came to settle here.

  4. 4

    the people

    legal the lawyers representing the US government or a US state in a criminal case

    the case of the people versus the Jameson Financial Company

  5. 5
    [plural] mainly American spoken used when you are talking to the people in a room or group, especially when you want them to listen

    Okay, people. Let’s not panic.

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