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commune

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verb com·mune \kə-ˈmyün\

Definition of commune

communed

;

communing

obsolete

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  talk over, discuss <have more to commune — William Shakespeare>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to receive Communion <The people who had communed returned to their pews using the side aisles.>

  5. 2 :  to communicate intimately <commune with nature> < … he stands communing with his soul on a bridge … — Richard Alleva>

Examples of commune in a sentence

  1. a psychic who communes with the dead

  2. <after a week in the wilderness, the scouts were really starting to commune with nature>

Origin and Etymology of commune

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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commune

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noun com·mune \ˈkäm-ˌyün; kə-ˈmyün, kä-\

Definition of commune

  1. 1 :  the smallest administrative district of many countries especially in Europe

  2. 2 :  commonalty 1a

  3. 3 :  community: such asa :  a medieval usually municipal corporationb (1) :  mir (2) :  an often rural community organized on a communal basis

Examples of commune in a sentence

  1. He's living in a religious commune.

Origin and Etymology of commune

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


First Known Use: 1673


COMMUNE Defined for English Language Learners

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commune

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verb com·mune \kə-ˈmyün\

Definition of commune for English Language Learners

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


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commune

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noun com·mune \ˈkäm-ˌyün; kə-ˈmyün, kä-\

Definition of commune for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

commune

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verb com·mune \kə-ˈmyün\

Definition of commune for Students

communed

communing

  1. :  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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