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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 2021 films Land and Nomadland feature humans who find new ways to commune with nature. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Dark Side of the Houseplant Boom," 20 Apr. 2021 But the failure was the lack of opportunity to commune with my mistake, learn what was wrong, fix it. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Theater’s day of reckoning: Kimberly King: ‘Well, here we are again, but this time feels different’," 20 Mar. 2021 While working from home, office employees enjoyed greater opportunity to commune with nature, even if simply by sitting on their porches or strolling to community parks. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, "Workplace Design Innovations Helping Smooth Return To Office," 18 Mar. 2021 Of course, this pandemic has also revealed, perhaps, the power of our species' desire to commune. Alan Burdick, Star Tribune, "A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science," 18 Mar. 2021 Many people who commune with nature are observant Christians, Jews or Muslims. Stephen Miller, WSJ, "Do You Commune With Nature?," 16 Mar. 2021 This pandemic has also revealed, perhaps, the power of our species’s desire to commune. New York Times, "The Pandemic and the Limits of Science," 16 Mar. 2021 Instead, Barnes dreamed up the unsettling encounter between her Duchess and Soon-to-Be-Duchess, who spar and commune over the merciless rules, scrutiny and conformism that their rank requires. Washington Post, "Inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a new play ponders race, gender and inclusion," 6 Mar. 2021 For me, visiting Edinburg since then has not only been a chance to visit my wife’s family, but also to commune with the memory of my parents. Gilbert Garcia, ExpressNews.com, "Garcia: For many of us, this Thanksgiving will be a hard one," 21 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun These criminal dealings unwound the Rajneesh community and the commune collapsed around 1985. Martha Sorren, refinery29.com, "What Happened In Wild Wild Country — Before Sheela Got Her Own Netflix Doc," 22 Apr. 2021 The chief wildlife ranger, Bogdan Sulica, once took me to the site of a bear attack on a small farm just outside the commune of Saticul de Sus. New York Times, "The Making of a ‘European Yellowstone’," 15 Mar. 2021 Although Coco is feeling lost in his normal safe spaces, he's found a little hope in Hope (Vanessa Giselle), the woman from the commune who gave him his first shot of heroin. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Mayans M.C. star Richard Cabral on Coco's state of mind: 'He's reverted back to this broken innocence'," 21 Apr. 2021 The commune in northeastern France is known for the Bitche Citadel, which towers over the town on sandstone rock, according to France-Voyage.com, an online tourist guide. CNN, "Facebook removes page for French town named Bitche," 13 Apr. 2021 The player jumps between both worlds to solve puzzles, battle with demons, and commune with ghosts. Michael J. Seidlinger, Wired, "Could Time Loops Be the New Big Thing for Next-Gen Consoles?," 10 Mar. 2021 One of the defining moments in Ari Aster's 2019 horror film Midsommar featured Florence Pugh's Dani Ardor screaming and crying alongside a group of women from the Harga commune. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Florence Pugh reveals how she pulled off that 'strange' and 'awkward' crying scene in Midsommar," 11 Mar. 2021 This Chardonnay is crafted from 6 parcels of organic grapes grown on 40-year-old vineyards located directly below the commune of Meursault. Michelle Williams, Forbes, "Traversing The Base Of The Burgundy Wine Pyramid," 11 Mar. 2021 Vicoregio 36, within the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga, is home to 36 biotypes of Sangiovese. Michelle Williams, Forbes, "Look To The Black Rooster For Quality Sangiovese In Chianti," 3 Mar. 2021

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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 May. 2021.

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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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