community

noun, often attributive
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Definition of community

1 : a unified body of individuals: such as
a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community
b : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons a monastic community
c : a body of persons of common and especially professional interests scattered through a larger society the academic community the scientific community
d : a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests the international community
e : a group linked by a common policy
f : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (such as species) in a common location
2a : a social state or condition The school encourages a sense of community in its students.
b : joint ownership or participation community of goods
c : common character : likeness community of interests
d : social activity : fellowship
3 : society at large the interests of the community

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Synonyms for community

Synonyms

neighborhood

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Examples of community in a Sentence

a respectable member of the community The festival was a great way for the local community to get together. Many communities are facing budget problems. People in the community wanted better police protection.
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The fire flare up was centered on the South Malaspina Loop street, in a subdivision in the community of Sunshine off the Talkeetna Spur Road. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Officials prepare for evacuations as new fire flares near Talkeetna Spur Road," 8 July 2019 In nearby Trona, a community of some 1,600 northeast of Ridgecrest in the Searles Valley, the water supply was shut down by the earthquakes. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "California desert city takes stock, cleans up after back-to-back earthquakes," 7 July 2019 Power outages were reported in and around Ridgecrest and the nearby community of Trona was without power. Charles Ventura, USA TODAY, "7.1-magnitude earthquake jolts Southern California: Here's what we know," 6 July 2019 Trona, a tiny unincorporated community on Death Valley’s southwestern border, is 170 miles northeast of Los Angeles and an hour and a half north of the High Desert community of Adelanto. Marilyn Kalfus, The Denver Post, "State of emergency declared for California’s San Bernardino County in wake of 7.1 earthquake," 6 July 2019 The powerful quake struck around 8:20 p.m. local time and was centered near Ridgecrest, Calif., a community of 29,000 people on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada where a 6.4 temblor had hit Thursday morning. Douglas Belkin, WSJ, "California Assesses Damage After Second Powerful Earthquake Hits," 6 July 2019 Trona, a tiny unincorporated community on Death Valley’s southwestern border, is 170 miles northeast of Los Angeles and an hour and a half north of the High Desert community of Adelanto. Marilyn Kalfus, The Mercury News, "State of emergency declared for San Bernardino County as search and rescue crews head to Ridgecrest in wake of 7.1 earthquake," 6 July 2019 Relatively more is known about the vibrant community of microorganisms that reside near the surface of the lakes, including those that use sunlight for energy. Tony Briscoe, chicagotribune.com, "Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes. But many species remain a mystery.," 5 July 2019 Every donation made on the essence.civicore.com website will be amplified this weekend by through national and local partners, and the greater community of participating organizations. Essence, "Girls United Takes Center Stage At 2019 Essence Festival," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of community

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for community

Middle English comunete, from Anglo-French communité, from Latin communitat-, communitas, from communis — see common entry 1

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The first known use of community was in the 14th century

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community

noun

English Language Learners Definition of community

: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Kids Definition of community

1 : the people living in a certain place (as a village or city) : the area itself
2 : a natural group (as of kinds of plants and animals) living together and depending on one another for various necessities of life (as food or shelter)
3 : a group of people with common interests the business community a community of artists
4 : a feeling of caring about others in a group The school fosters a sense of community.

community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nət-ē How to pronounce community (audio) \
plural communities

Medical Definition of community

: a unified body of individuals: as
a : the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself the problems of a large community
b : an interacting population of various kinds of individuals (as species) in a common location
c : a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society a community of retired persons

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community

noun
com·​mu·​ni·​ty
plural communities

Legal Definition of community

1 : the people who live in a particular place or region and usually are linked by some common interests
2a : the mass of community property owned by a husband and wife a spouse may not…lease to a third person his undivided interest in the community or in particular things of the communityLouisiana Civil Code
b : the entity created upon the marriage of a husband and wife for the purposes of ownership of property in community property states — see also community property at property, regime

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