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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the winter, the animals will den underground, commonly returning to the same spot year after year, and often commune there with other snake species, such as rat snakes and rattlesnakes. National Geographic, "Copperheads," 22 July 2019 Yes, animals of all stripes communed in relative harmony before that. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Fun of the Live-Action Lion King," 11 July 2019 Glamping—communing with nature while luxuriating in a tent loaded with creature comforts—was once the pastime of kings and sultans. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 Walking the streets and breathing in the air from the Alabama Riverfront is like communing with them. Nneka M. Okona, Condé Nast Traveler, "As Montgomery Becomes a Destination, How Should Travelers Deal With Its History?," 21 June 2019 But particularly when these cells commune in great numbers, their startling collective talents for solving problems and controlling their environment emerge. Quanta Magazine, "Seeing the Beautiful Intelligence of Microbes," 13 Nov. 2017 Blogs and online forums, then Twitter and Facebook, allowed people to commune away from censorship. Khalid Albaih, Quartz, "We used our art to fight. Now we need it to heal us," 19 June 2019 Its music found politics in pleasure—in dancing, listening, communing together. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "How George Clinton Made Funk a World View," 9 July 2017 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Unfortunately for them, Erin was raised on a survivalist commune in the Australian outback. Lena Wilson, New York Times, "I Know Where You Lived Last Summer," 29 Aug. 2019 The notoriety Manson hoped to achieve as a rock star in the 1960s came to him instead through the gruesome killings of August 1969 — and the nation’s insatiable appetite for lurid details about those crimes and his free-love commune. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Charles Manson was a white supremacist. Why can’t pop culture seem to admit it?," 19 Aug. 2019 McKelvey, who was raised in Oregon, lived on a sort-of commune started by five women and their children. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Inside WeWork, one couple wields control," 15 Aug. 2019 The event’s promoters transported Wavy and his comrades from their commune in New Mexico to Woodstock via private jet, just one zingy detail that highlights the co-dependence between the counterculture and business, which continues today. Washington Post, "Woodstock can’t be duplicated. Perhaps we should leave it at that.," 26 July 2019 Holmes, who was named after a character in The Jungle Book and grew up on a commune in the woods outside of Eugene, Oregon, seems more aware of this dynamic than anyone. Hannah Wallace, WIRED, "High Drama: A Cannabis Biotech Company Roils Small Growers," 24 July 2019 He was born on a commune in the remote village of Lund, British Columbia, where his American father had fled rather than serve in Vietnam. Richard Waters, latimes.com, "How Slack’s non-techie CEO Stewart Butterfield reached the top of Silicon Valley," 22 June 2019 Most of us by far had come for music, to enjoy a one-to-one relationship with the stage, not to be lost in a muddy commune. Philip P. Ardery Jr., National Review, "Upon a Time in Woodstock," 10 Aug. 2019 Things to do: Gawk at the daredevils at the Torrey Pines Gliderport, visit the seals and sea lions at the Children’s Pool, and commune with the fish at Birch Aquarium at Scripps. San Diego Union-Tribune, "La Jolla: Beauty and the beach — but also innovation, scholarship," 28 June 2019

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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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