commune

verb
com·mune | \ kə-ˈmyün \
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 ; 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 for commune

Synonyms: Verb

bond, click, relate

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since that time, fictive sisterhoods of all stripes (familial and otherwise) have been realized to wonderful effect, giving women the opportunity to commune and take up space in ways not always fostered by their surrounding culture. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Stirring Tales of Sisterhood Adapted From the Page to the Silver Screen (That Aren’t Greta Gerwig’s Little Women)," 13 July 2018 For the most part, though, communing with the crowds seemed to energize him. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "A New Revolution in Mexico," 25 June 2012 DeLeo and the rest of STP are gearing to commune with fans who have been waiting nearly five years to see the band play live. Dave Gil De Rubio, kansascity, "'We love being out there': Stone Temple Pilots on touring, finding a new singer," 30 May 2018 To read Soccer in Sun and Shadow today is to commune with Galeano’s spirit, to hear his fierce, tender voice alive with passion and indignation about the beautiful game. Lenora Todaro, The Atlantic, "A World Cup Without Eduardo Galeano, Soccer’s Poet Laureate," 15 June 2018 The illustrious family was integral in the beginnings of the park and Laurance donated this extra lot to provide visitors a place to commune with nature. Stephanie Granada, Sunset, "10 Insider Secrets to Optimize Your National Park Visit," 22 Jan. 2018 There’s no high that can replicate the deep sense of self found while connecting and communing as people. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Creamer Shares Groovy New Music Video For 'Drugs No More': Exclusive Premiere," 28 June 2018 Philadelphia Magazine gathered a list of ways to commune with nature at a nearby park this summer, because everyone could use a little more sunshine. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Shooting at Trenton arts fest, Jersey Shore feels the heat of climate change | Morning Newsletter," 18 June 2018 Thousands of people commune together in the fishing village of Treasure Beach and the love and understanding flow to the stage and back. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "This Literary Festival in Jamaica Is the Island’s Best-Kept Secret," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An Ethiopian-American teenager living in a mysterious island commune narrates this impressive debut novel, recalling her childhood in Boston and her entanglement there with a charismatic parking-lot attendant and his possibly sinister schemes. New York Times, "11 New Books We Recommend This Week," 10 May 2018 That political position derives from the communalists [who advocated living on communes]. Christine Zhang, latimes.com, "Talking with Meredith Broussard about 'Artificial Unintelligence'," 26 Apr. 2018 Ostrom and other Times staff members were sent a few times to the commune in a remote area. Paige Cornwell, The Seattle Times, "‘Sex kits’ and assault weapons: how The Seattle Times covered Rajneeshees, cult in Netflix’s ‘Wild Wild Country’," 23 Mar. 2018 Will’s mental condition is studied, and father and daughter are allotted residence in a commune operated by a lumberman who takes Will on his staff to cut Christmas trees. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Father and daughter are allotted residence in a commune operated by a lumberman who takes Will on his staff to cut Christmas trees. Colin Covert, kansascity, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a quietly moving story of family love," 12 July 2018 What began as a peace-promoting commune in the ’80s quickly escalated into a militaristic Christian group, according to allegations from former members and law enforcement. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Militia-Style Cult's Ex-Members Detail Violence and 'Deliverance' Inside Secretive Compound," 29 June 2018 Child talked with Billboard about his start in songwriting, the songs that got away, his years in a commune, and begging Jon Bon Jovi to cut one particular song. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "ASCAP Founders Award Recipient Desmond Child on His Career and the Song He Begged Jon Bon Jovi to Record," 23 Apr. 2018 The group set up a commune at the foot of Mount Fuji where Matsumoto preached to his followers and Aum’s scientists produced nerve gas. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "Japan Executes Leader of Doomsday Cult," 6 July 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of commune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to communicate with someone or something in a very personal or spiritual way

commune

noun

English Language Learners Definition of commune (Entry 2 of 2)

: a group of people who live together and share responsibilities, possessions, etc.

: the smallest division of local government in some countries especially in Europe

commune

verb
com·mune | \ kə-ˈmyün \
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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