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 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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Under sumptuous tents and accompanied by the luxuries of home, glampers commune with nature in lavish style. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Bear With Me? Get It Away!," 26 July 2018 Photo: Reid Morth If there were a place to commune with nature—and not a single human—in the Lower 48, this would be it. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "The New Outdoor Getaway: Landscapes That Have Been ‘Rewilded’," 20 Sep. 2018 Nick Devane runs a company called Pilotworks, which rents out shared commercial kitchens in multiple U.S. cities where aspirational bakers and food-delivery startups can commune. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Women-Only Spaces Are Part of a Coworking Craze. Some Might Also Be Violating the Law," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps was founded in the early 1980s as a commune called the Free Love Ministries. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Police Go Looking for Missing Boy in Cult's Compound and Allegedly Uncover Sex Abuse, Slave Labor," 28 June 2018 Wild Wild Country addresses how the area changed from commune to camp in the closing minutes of the series. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Rajneeshpuram Commune From Netflix's Wild Wild Country Is Now a Young Life Christian Youth Camp," 6 Apr. 2018 In recent months, the prefect of Oursi and the mayor of Koutougou, both rural communes in Soum province, have been killed. Brahima Ouedraogo, Fox News, "In heart of West Africa, Burkina Faso faces rising extremism," 15 Aug. 2018 With a band of followers called Faithists, this New York prophet set off to form religious communes across the country. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "A Forgotten Religion Gets a Second Chance in Brooklyn," 7 June 2018 But the mission instead leads to their capture by rabbits from a terrifying authoritarian rabbit commune led by a one-eyed rabbit voiced by Ben Kingsley. Aja Romano, Vox, "Netflix’s new Watership Down proves the beloved children’s classic was a horror story all along," 30 Dec. 2018 Polly Cooper just gave birth to the latest set of Blossom twins, Juniper and Dagwood, at The Farm — a mysterious and potentially cult-like commune. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "The Best "Riverdale" Season 3 Fan Theories, According to Reddit," 1 Oct. 2018 The Assemblage, New York Coworking meets commune at The Assemblage, in the heart of New York City’s Flatiron District. Rachel Waldman, Vogue, "7 Exclusive Social Clubs Where Non-Members Can Stay the Night," 17 July 2018 Participating in wellness can mean going a short walk around your neighborhood, taking a quick nap, or finding a minute to breathe with the consciousness and intent to care for and commune with yourself. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "I Bought Into the Commercialized Wellness Industry and It Left Me Broke (and Unwell)," 9 Aug. 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)

formal : 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 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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