people Definition

  • 1human beings in general or considered collectively
  • 2the citizens of a country, especially when considered in relation to those who govern them

Using people: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "people" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    People are generally good.

  • Example

    The people of the United States have the right to vote.

  • Example

    The government should serve the needs of the people.

  • Example

    People are capable of great things.

people Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using people

  • to imagine oneself in the situation or circumstances of another person


    Before criticizing him, you should try to put yourself in his shoes and understand his perspective.

  • the powers that be

    the people who are in control of a particular situation or organization


    We'll have to wait and see what the powers that be decide.

  • a person or group of people regarded as the finest, most admirable, or most worthwhile in a particular community or society


    The volunteers who helped rebuild the town after the hurricane are the salt of the earth.

Phrases with people

  • someone who is friendly and enjoys being with other people


    She's a real people person and loves working in customer service.

  • people skills

    the ability to communicate effectively with others and to get along well with them


    Her people skills are what make her such a great manager.

  • the ordinary citizens of a country, as distinct from those who govern or are in power


    The government must listen to the voice of the people.

Origins of people

from Old French 'poeple', from Latin 'populus'


Summary: people in Brief

'People' [ˈpiːpl] refers to human beings in general or collectively, and also to the citizens of a country. It can be used to describe society, population, and nation. Phrases like 'people person' and 'people skills' denote social aptitude, while 'the people' refers to ordinary citizens. Idioms like 'put oneself in someone else's shoes' and 'the powers that be' express empathy and authority, respectively.

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