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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Liesl Frank and Charlotte Dieterle, two other émigrés in Hollywood’s German community, had established the European Film Fund, which asked all Europeans employed by studios to donate 1 percent of their salaries to refugee relief. Ruth Franklin, Harper's magazine, "Salka the Salonnière," 6 Jan. 2020 The business community has mobilized to fight the plan and to establish a $1 million campaign to tout natural gas, especially as Seattle, 85 miles south, also begins discussions about its reliance on the fossil fuel. Mike Baker, New York Times, "To Fight Climate Change, One City May Ban Heating Homes With Natural Gas," 5 Jan. 2020 On Wednesday — one day after what was reportedly deemed the deadliest day of the fire crisis since its start — Australia deployed military ships and aircraft to help victims and communities in need. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Love Island's Grant Crapp Loses 'Everything' in Fire That Injured His Animals and Destroyed Home," 4 Jan. 2020 That, plus another chance to win the contract, have encouraged the company to renew work on the 20-acre site with an eye toward developing a complex of health, office, retail and other services that could benefit the community. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Passport says its ready to resume work on West Broadway headquarters complex," 3 Jan. 2020 Economic distress, population flight and the loss of local sports teams, lunch joints and barber shops have hollowed out communities that were long solidly middle class. Melissa Healystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Factory closures may have helped fuel the opioid crisis. Here’s how," 3 Jan. 2020 Men from the area who had worked with Gallego say the community is colder toward them now. National Geographic, "Logging is corrupting these islands. One village fights back—and wins.," 3 Jan. 2020 Henceforth, new homes in these communities will require all-electric hookups. Will Swaim, National Review, "Can California Top Its Most Ironic Political Stories of 2019?," 3 Jan. 2020 González champions women’s rights within the indigenous community as part of the Territorial Women Leaders of Mesoamerica Coordination. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "9 Climate Activists of Color You Should Know," 3 Jan. 2020

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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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9 Jan 2020

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“Community.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/community?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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community

noun
How to pronounce community (audio)

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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