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commune

verb com·mune \ kə-ˈmyün \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of commune

communed; communing
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

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

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Origin and Etymology of commune

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

commune Synonyms

Synonyms
bond, click, relate, hit it off
Related Words
befriend; empathize, identify, sympathize

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commune

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

Definition of commune

1 : the smallest administrative district of many countries especially in Europe
2 : commonalty 1a
3 : community: such as
a : a medieval usually municipal corporation
b (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.

Recent Examples of commune from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of commune

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


COMMUNE Defined for English Language Learners

commune

verb

Definition of commune for English Language Learners

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


commune

noun

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

verb com·mune \ kə-ˈmyün \

Definition of commune for Students

communed; communing
: 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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