commune

verb
com·​mune | \ kə-ˈmyün How to pronounce commune (audio) \
communed; communing

Definition of commune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

obsolete : talk over, discuss have more to commune— William Shakespeare

intransitive verb

1 : to receive Communion The people who had communed returned to their pews using the side aisles.
2 : to communicate intimately commune with nature … he stands communing with his soul on a bridge …— Richard Alleva

commune

noun
com·​mune | \ ˈkäm-ˌyün How to pronounce commune (audio) ; kə-ˈmyün, kä- \

Definition of commune (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the smallest administrative district of many countries especially in Europe
3 : community: such as
a : a medieval usually municipal corporation
b(1) : mir
(2) : an often rural community organized on a communal basis

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of commune in a Sentence

Verb a psychic who communes with the dead after a week in the wilderness, the scouts were really starting to commune with nature Noun He's living in a religious commune.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here, Hepburn plays against her usual hyper, chipper manner, inviting us to commune with a soul torn between delight at her journey and regret at her unfulfilling life. Peter Tonguette, WSJ, 13 July 2022 In time his home, set back from the ocean, became a yogi’s mountaintop for artists, celebrities and passionate wine fans eager to commune with the master. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 In the absence of real-life communion with fans at her shows, Amos learned to commune with the world around her in different ways. Suzy Expositostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2022 In time his home, set back from the ocean, became a yogi’s mountaintop for artists, celebrities and passionate wine fans eager to commune with the master. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 Being able to commune with my auntie ancestors every day is incredible motivation. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 As Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook opened new avenues for artists to commune with fans, music-video aesthetics preserved a sense of stars as strange and unreachable (the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards looked like a Halloween party). Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 In time his home, set back from the ocean, became a yogi’s mountaintop for artists, celebrities and passionate wine fans eager to commune with the master. Clay Risen, BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2022 The winsome charm of Elizabeth Ito’s City of Ghosts lies in its simple premise: to commune with haunting specters is not a scary prospect. Tyler Coates, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The commune of Como is on the southern end of the eponymous lake — Italy’s third largest — and is known for its historic villas and resorts. New York Times, 20 July 2022 Yet amoc, which is based at a commune-like complex in southern Vermont, allows more freedom than larger institutions can readily accommodate. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 27 June 2022 The victims were traveling to a town in the nearby commune of Pama, close to the borders with Benin and Togo, Yameogo said in a statement. Reuters, CNN, 27 May 2022 Ancient Mildas serves up a history as rich as its food from its 14th century convent setting in the tiny commune of Giostino. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Gavarini Chiniera and Ginestra Casa Maté before turning over winemaking duties to his son Gianluca; both wines display the rich tannins and deep structure that this commune is known for. Tom Hyland, Forbes, 25 July 2022 The Italian couple are Jehovah's Witnesses and were working to set up a church in the commune, a member of Mali’s small Christian community said. Baba Ahmed, ajc, 20 May 2022 By her count, Sisto has helped birth 2,500 babies naturally, from her own daughters’ children on a California commune in the 1970’s to women in Maasai tribal villages in rural East Africa. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 Meanwhile, this transition — from commune to congregation — was happening in ISKCON communities around the world. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of commune

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for commune

Verb

Middle English, to share, receive Communion, from Anglo-French communer, cummunier, from Late Latin communicare, from Latin — see communicate

Noun

French, alteration of Middle French comugne, from Medieval Latin communia, from Latin, neuter plural of communis

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“Commune.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commune. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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commune

verb
com·​mune | \ kə-ˈmyün How to pronounce commune (audio) \
communed; communing

Kids Definition of commune

: to be in close accord or communication with someone or something He enjoys walking in the woods and communing with nature.

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