Definition of people verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

people

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpiːpl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they people
BrE BrE//ˈpiːpl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpl//
 
he / she / it peoples
BrE BrE//ˈpiːplz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːplz//
 
past simple peopled
BrE BrE//ˈpiːpld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpld//
 
past participle peopled
BrE BrE//ˈpiːpld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːpld//
 
-ing form peopling
BrE BrE//ˈpiːplɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpiːplɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] people something (with something) to live in a place or fill it with people The town was peopled largely by workers from the car factory and their families. The ballroom was peopled with guests. Her novels are peopled with interesting, complex characters. Word Origin Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French poeple, from Latin populus ‘populace’.
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