common ground

noun

Definition of common ground

: a basis of mutual interest or agreement

Examples of common ground in a Sentence

Hunters and environmentalists found common ground in their opposition to the new law.

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But the two share a willingness to buck traditional GOP orthodoxy, and appear to have found some common ground. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Lindsey Graham’s Kavanaugh moment earns conservative praise," 28 Sep. 2018 Finding that common ground is a glorious thing about comedy. Anna Peele, GQ, "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," 4 June 2018 This expansion is essential, as the USP’s task has evolved from unifying regional medical societies to providing trusted common ground for a sprawling and sometimes fractious global marketplace. Michael Eisenstein, Scientific American, "The Little-known History and Global Future of Quality Medicines," 31 May 2018 There’s no effort at all to discover what the common ground is and the essential principles of humanity that are joining us. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pop Quiz: Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos on channeling Billy Idol, covering Drake and searching for goosebumps," 9 May 2018 The common ground extended to watching golf on television, especially the Masters. Tim Layden, SI.com, "My First Time at Augusta National," 4 Apr. 2018 One reason for the common ground may have to do with the votes the House of Representatives has taken so far this year. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "2 Arizona Democrats side with Donald Trump more often than some Republicans," 1 Apr. 2018 The Browns and Patriots were able to find common ground for other trades. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "How Cleveland Browns were frozen out of Jimmy Garoppolo deal -- Terry Pluto," 8 Jan. 2018 The common ground in shared school and extracurricular experiences became the social glue as my son grew. Stephanie Feuer, Good Housekeeping, "What It's Like Raising My Son As An “Older” Mom," 3 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of common ground

1809, in the meaning defined above

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common ground

noun

English Language Learners Definition of common ground

: something that people agree about even if they disagree about other things

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