the Commonwealth


: a U.S. state
used officially of Kentucky, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia
the Commonwealth of Kentucky
: the countries that were once part of the British Empire

Examples of the Commonwealth in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, thanks to British laws that are still enforced in former colonies, gay people in at least 29 countries of the Commonwealth continue to live in fear of imprisonment, sometimes death. Balaji Ravichandran, Washington Post, 12 June 2024 Additionally, Cooper's upcoming summer internship with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office reflects his ambition and eagerness to explore diverse career paths. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 1 Mar. 2024 Russia’s former Soviet neighbors—members of the Commonwealth of Independent States—are frightened and have politely distanced themselves from Moscow; some of them are successfully exploiting the labor force that has fled Putin. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 1 Feb. 2023 The popular restaurant’s original location is in the Commonwealth neighborhood near Plaza Midwood. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 31 May 2024 This story is part of ongoing coverage of reproductive health care supported by a grant from the Commonwealth Fund. Eric Boodman, STAT, 28 May 2024 The fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States in Antigua and Barbuda, will include appearances by United Nations Secretary António Guterres, U.N. General Assembly President Dennis Francis and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Patricia Scotland, among others. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 27 May 2024 By offering tax incentives and grants, the Commonwealth was able to rein in billions of dollars in investment from companies like Amazon. Michael Gill, Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2024 Seven in 10 Black Americans say they’ve been treated unfairly by health care providers, a survey from the Commonwealth Fund found. Emma Hall, Sacramento Bee, 22 May 2024

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“The Commonwealth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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