the people

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noun (1)

: the ordinary people in a country who do not have special power or privileges
She is well-liked as a senator because she listens to the people.
the common people

the People

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noun (2)

US, law
used to refer to the government of the U.S. or of a particular state in the name of a legal case
The People vs. John Doe

Examples of the people in a Sentence

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If these petitions make it to the ballot, the people will decide. Breccan F. Thies, Washington Examiner, 21 Nov. 2023 Microsoft, which has invested $13 billion in OpenAI, was leading the pressure campaign, one of the people said. Erin Griffith, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Badenoch and Tugendhat have flagged the issue with Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Lucy Frazer, the people said, as pressure mounts from backbench lawmakers for the government to intervene in the process. Ellen Milligan,, 20 Nov. 2023 Some of them asked that their names not be published out of fear of retaliation by the people who harmed them. Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 My realm of potential envy would no longer be limited to just the people in my school or my neighborhood. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 Nadella has been leading the charge on talks between the different factions, some of the people said. Emily Chang, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 The fact that the people who make The Bear like to play our songs on The Bear, that’s very exciting and very rewarding. Eric Renner Brown, Billboard, 9 Nov. 2023 The flourish of bringing the whole bird to the table is overrated in my opinion, anyway — let the people eat! Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 See More

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“The people.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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