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

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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 Harvard Medical School found that communing with Mother Nature boosts your mood and your ability to concentrate. Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg, Good Housekeeping, "This 30-Day Self-Care Challenge Will Help Busy Moms Slow Down," 11 Sep. 2019 But after tests, and FDA approval, and more advances, this tech could be the thing that lets people commune with the ultrasmart artificial intelligences Musk is convinced are on the way. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Here’s How Elon Musk Plans to Stitch a Computer into Your Brain," 17 July 2019 Services run the gamut, from herbal workshops to love spells to communing with spirit guides; some witches charge up to $200 an hour for their time. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The working witches of Los Angeles just want you to be your best self," 11 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After the Chatsworth raid, remnants of the tribe drifted to the Death Valley commune and were soon joined by others who had been freed on bail or had their charges dismissed. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: Savage Mystic Cult Blamed for 5 Tate Murders, 6 Others," 28 July 2019 Each chapter obliquely touches on an atypical relationship, beginning with the two-couple commune of Los Angeles’s 1922 Schindler House three years ago. Vogue, "With a New Dance Series, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Becomes an Unlikely Stage," 23 Aug. 2019 The compound was abandoned in 1985 as authorities sought to link commune leaders and members with food poisonings, murder plots, immigration fraud and other crimes. oregonlive.com, "Guardhouse from ‘Wild Wild Country’ commune for sale at $8,000," 10 Aug. 2019 The commune is pristine, gorgeous, verdant — girls in white dresses and men with white beards and huge barns for sleeping in, painted with large-faced characters enacting pagan scenes. Ross Douthat, National Review, "Midsommar Casts a Transfixing Scandinavian Spell," 25 July 2019 Hurwitz was born in New York and came to the area to live on a commune near La Centre, Washington. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 The Black-ish universe expands with a prequel set in the 1980s when Bo’s family moved from a hippie commune to the suburbs. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "The 24 Most Anticipated TV Shows of Fall 2019," 9 Aug. 2019 Watch out, Chris Peen!) There’s something undeniably matriarchal about this commune. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Midsommar Makes Haunting Horror Out Of Sunlight & Flower Crowns," 28 June 2019 Ultimately, the goings-on at this commune turned deadly serious. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "How the group at the center of the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country lost control in Oregon," 12 Apr. 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
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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
How to pronounce commune (audio)

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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