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English Dictionary: People by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
people
n
  1. (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
  2. the body of citizens of a state or country; "the Spanish people"
    Synonym(s): citizenry, people
  3. members of a family line; "his people have been farmers for generations"; "are your people still alive?"
  4. the common people generally; "separate the warriors from the mass"; "power to the people"
    Synonym(s): multitude, masses, mass, hoi polloi, people, the great unwashed
v
  1. fill with people; "Stalin wanted to people the empty steppes"
  2. furnish with people; "The plains are sparsely populated"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.
  
                     Unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
                                                                              --Gen. xlix.
                                                                              10.
  
                     The ants are a people not strong.      --Prov. xxx.
                                                                              25.
  
                     Before many peoples, and nations, and tongues.
                                                                              --Rev. x. 11.
  
                     Earth's monarchs are her peoples.      --Whitter.
  
                     A government of all the people, by all the people,
                     for all the people.                           --T. Parker.
  
      Note: Peopleis a collective noun, generally construed with a
               plural verb, and only occasionally used in the plural
               form (peoples), in the sense of nations or races.
  
      2. Persons, generally; an indefinite number of men and women;
            folks; population, or part of population; as, country
            people; -- sometimes used as an indefinite subject or
            verb, like on in French, and man in German; as, people in
            adversity.
  
                     People were tempted to lend by great premiums.
                                                                              --Swift.
  
                     People have lived twenty-four days upon nothing but
                     water.                                                --Arbuthnot.
  
      3. The mass of comunity as distinguished from a special
            class; the commonalty; the populace; the vulgar; the
            common crowd; as, nobles and people.
  
                     And strive to gain his pardon from the people.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
      4. With a possessive pronoun:
            (a) One's ancestors or family; kindred; relations; as, my
                  people were English.
            (b) One's subjects; fellow citizens; companions;
                  followers. [bd]You slew great number of his
                  people.[b8] --Shak.
  
      Syn: {People}, {Nation}.
  
      Usage: When speaking of a state, we use people for the mass
                  of the community, as distinguished from their rulers,
                  and nation for the entire political body, including
                  the rulers. In another sense of the term, nation
                  describes those who are descended from the same stock;
                  and in this sense the Germans regard themselves as one
                  nation, though politically subject to different forms
                  of government.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   People \Peo"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Peopled} p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Peopling}.] [Cf. OF. popler, puepler, F. puepler. Cf.
      {Populate}.]
      To stock with people or inhabitants; to fill as with people;
      to populate. [bd]Peopled heaven with angels.[b8] --Dryden.
  
               As the gay motes that people the sunbeams. --Milton.
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