common ground


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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Humans need rituals to create common ground between families and our communities, so these over-the-top celebrations are ways to remain connected. Amelia Harnish,, "We've Reached Peak Party. Now What?," 1 June 2019 Microsoft is publicly migrating Edge onto the Chromium open-source engine that Google’s own Chrome taps into, giving Chrome and Edge more common ground. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge's IE Mode will put Internet Explorer in a tab," 6 May 2019 The Wall Street Journal talks with people about the search for common ground in an era of polarization. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Charters Fight Draws Big Money Into California Schools Chief Race," 4 Nov. 2018 Some analysts speculated that Mr. Trump would look for common ground on Syria. Mark Landler, New York Times, "In Meeting With Putin, Experts Fear Trump Will Give More Than He Gets," 28 June 2018 But building on this common ground requires mutual goodwill, which is in short supply. The Economist, "Trade talks expose a chasm between China and America," 5 May 2018 An ability to see past differences in search of common ground. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Barack Obama's Speech at John McCain's Funeral," 1 Sep. 2018 Polar opposites, the two families look for common ground. Chicago Tribune,, "Chicago theater openings June 15-21," 12 June 2018 Leaders from both groups cautioned that while the homelessness response cannot slow down amid an ongoing emergency, the way forward was unclear and glimpses of common ground were fleeting. The Seattle Times,, "Seattle's head tax repeal leaves homeless crisis unresolved," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of common ground

1809, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of common ground

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

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