people

people
I UK [ˈpiːp(ə)l] / US [ˈpɪp(ə)l] noun
Word forms "people":
singular people plural peoples
***
Metaphor:
People are like animals, especially when they behave in an unpleasant way. The soldiers were all drunk, and they behaved like animals. You greedy pig! That little rat has been spying on us. Don't talk to me, you miserable worm. It's time to take action against these sharks who prey on the poor. The press were gathering outside her house like vultures. I know what you're up to, you dirty dog. His wife was a mousy little woman. You little monkey, have you been playing with my stuff again? There's nothing to be afraid of, you silly goose. She's a very original writer, and has never been one to follow the herd. He seems tough, but he's a pussycat when you get to know him. Most people are like sheep – they just do what everyone else does. He described his opponents as dinosaurs, out of touch with present day reality.  language
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.

a) [plural] used for referring to humans in general

People tend to think that doctors know everything.

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

military/religious/financial people

scientifically-minded people

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) [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) 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) [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.

people like someone/like thatspoken used for comparing persons with the same qualities or in the same situation

People like that really annoy me.

We need more people like her in politics.

See:
thing

II UK [ˈpiːp(ə)l] / US [ˈpɪp(ə)l] verb [transitive]
Word forms "people":
present tense I/you/we/they people he/she/it peoples present participle peopling past tense peopled past participle peopled
[usually passive] to be the people who exist in a place, situation, or period of time

Hunters peopled these forests long ago.

a sparsely peopled area

be peopled with someone:

Her childhood was peopled with strange aunts and uncles.


English dictionary. 2014.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?
Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • People — Peo ple, n. [OE. peple, people, OF. pueple, F. peuple, fr. L. populus. Cf. {Populage}, {Public}, {Pueblo}.] 1. The body of persons who compose a community, tribe, nation, or race; an aggregate of individuals forming a whole; a community; a nation …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • People — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda People es una revista estadounidense de carácter semanal, que trata acerca de las celebridades e historias de interés general, publicada por Time Inc. En 2006, tenía una tirada de 3.750.000 ejemplares e ingresos… …   Wikipedia Español

  • People — Специализация: Знаменитости Периодичность …   Википедия

  • people — [ pipɶl ] adj. inv. et n. m. inv. • 1988; mot angl., de people journalism, genre journalistique ♦ Anglic. 1 ♦ Presse, magazine people, qui traite des vedettes, des personnalités (notamment de leur vie privée). 2 ♦ N. m. inv. Célébrité recherchée… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • People (EP) — People Extended Play von Animal Collective Veröffentlichung 23. Oktober 2006 (Australien) 22. Januar 2007 (UK) 23. Januar 2007 (US) Aufnahme 2005 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • people — [pē′pəl] n. pl. peoples [ME peple < Anglo Fr poeple, people < OFr pople < L populus, nation, crowd < ?] 1. a) all the persons of a racial, national, religious, or linguistic group; nation, race, etc. [the peoples of the world] b) a… …   English World dictionary

  • People — (von engl. people „Volk“, „Leute“) ist eine wöchentlich erscheinende US amerikanische Zeitschrift. Das Magazin wurde von Time Warner als Auslagerung der People Seite im Time Magazine herausgebracht und erscheint seit 1974. Die Zeitschrift… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • People — also People Magazine trademark a US magazine that contains short articles and pictures of famous people, especially people who appear on television and in films or sports people People 2 People, The trademark a British ↑tabloid newspaper sold… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • people — I noun citizenry, commonality, community, community at large, country, cultures, general public, humanity, inhabitants, multitude, nation, national group, nationality, persons, populace, population, race, society, state II index community, family …   Law dictionary

  • people — late 13c., humans, persons in general, from Anglo Fr. people, O.Fr. peupel, from L. populus people, of unknown origin, possibly from Etruscan. Replaced native FOLK (Cf. folk). Meaning body of persons comprising a community first recorded late 13c …   Etymology dictionary

  • people — people, persons Both words have been in use for several centuries to denote the plural of person, the difference usually being explained in terms of people referring to a group of which the exact number cannot be determined or is irrelevant and… …   Modern English usage

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”