UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpiːpəl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈpipəl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(pēpəl)

From person (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Mainly used in formal or legal contexts)
Inflections of 'people' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. [ordinary, normal, black, white] people
  2. [good, hard-working, clever, lazy, poor, needy, affluent, good, strange] people
  3. the [common, American] people
  4. [50 thousand] people
  5. a [lot, number] of people [came, showed up]
  6. [voted, elected, chosen] by the people
  7. the people have spoken
  8. let the people decide
  9. people will talk
  10. what will people [think, say]?
  11. know what people [like, think, enjoy, want]
  12. there were too many people in the [room, building, car]
  13. how many people did you [invite, see, interview, talk to]?
  14. [50] people [volunteered, came, helped, signed up]
  15. the [charity, organization] is looking for people to [volunteer]
  16. [like, enjoy] meeting (new) people
  17. these are my (kind of) people
  18. equal [wages, opportunities, treatment] for all people
  19. people [affiliated, connected, related] to
  20. people with [problems, issues, disabilities, hang-ups]
  21. people of color
  22. the people's [candidate, choice, army, princess]
  23. the People's Republic (of China)
  24. by the people, for the people
n as adj
  1. people [skills, management]
  2. am (not much of) a people person
  1. the [town, village] was peopled by the [workers, miners, students]
  2. the [room, club] was peopled with [guests, patrons]
  3. her [book, story] was peopled by [interesting, unusual] characters
  4. [originally, first] peopled by [nomads, bedouins, tribes]
  5. [sparsely, thickly, thinly, densely] peopled
  6. peopled and cultivated
  7. peopled the [world, town, village, Earth, region, land]
  8. characters who people [her novels, his books, its pages]
WordReference English Collocations © 2020


Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
  1. a [kind, friendly, nasty, violent, generous, sensible, responsible] person
  2. a very important person
  3. a [natural, living, artificial, normal] person
  4. the [only, last, first] person to [see, have, climb]
  5. [look for, find, report] a missing person
  6. human and non-human persons
  7. [dolphins, primates] are non-human persons
  8. [apply, report, come] in person
  9. need a person with [IT, people, management] skills
  10. a person to [check, review, translate, edit]
  11. consider the person you are [dealing with, talking to]
  12. all persons must [show proof of ID, report to reception]
  13. most persons have [names, addresses, identities]
  14. (committed) by person or persons unknown
  15. only [by, from, for] authorized persons
  16. had no [money, cash, ID] on my person
  17. not on my person
  18. the [price, amount, cost, quantity] per person
  19. a person of note
  20. the person in [charge, control, question]
  21. the person responsible for [security, bookings, logistics]
  22. grammar: in the [third, first, second] person
  23. the book is written in the [third] person
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