- to converse or talk together, usually with profound intensity, intimacy, etc.; interchange thoughts or feelings.
- to be in intimate communication or rapport: to commune with nature.
- interchange of ideas or sentiments.
Origin of commune1
- to partake of the Eucharist.
Origin of commune2
Examples from the Web for communing
The year after reading it, “I began to wonder if I, too, could receive messages during my times of communing with God.”The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ The Evangelical Bestseller You’ve Never Heard Of
February 23, 2014
I am not sure how helpful that is, except that the communing certainly keeps us from feeling totally isolated in our perplexity.Susan Minot on Africa, Joseph Kony, and the Limits of Writing About Love
February 10, 2014
It was the need of being by herself, the haste of communing alone with her great happiness.The Dream
"No doubt they took you because of that," Sir Oliver pursued, as if communing with himself.The Sea-Hawk
Hence an opportunity of communing with the world he valued at its just price.The Knight Of Gwynne, Vol. II (of II)
Charles James Lever
"How cold and cruel I have become," she said, as if she were communing with herself.Nell, of Shorne Mills
We've been out walking and communing with nature and getting acquainted.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
- to talk or converse intimately
- to experience strong emotion or spiritual feelings (for)to commune with nature
- intimate conversation; exchange of thoughts; communion
- (intr) Christianity, mainly US to partake of Communion
- a group of families or individuals living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities
- any small group of people having common interests or responsibilities
- the smallest administrative unit in Belgium, France, Italy, and Switzerland, governed by a mayor and council
- the government or inhabitants of a commune
- a medieval town enjoying a large degree of autonomy
- See Paris Commune
- a committee that governed Paris during the French Revolution and played a leading role in the Reign of Terror: suppressed 1794
Word Origin and History for communing
c.1300, "have dealings with," from Old French comuner "to make common, share" (10c., Modern French communier), from comun (see common (adj.)). Meaning "to talk intimately" is late 14c. Related: Communed; communing.
1792, from French commune "small territorial divisions set up after the Revolution," from Middle French commune "free city, group of citizens" (12c.), from Medieval Latin communia, noun use of neuter plural of Latin adjective communis, literally "that which is common," from communis (see common (adj.)). The Commune of Paris usurped the government during the Reign of Terror. The word later was applied to a government on communalistic principles set up in Paris in 1871. Adherents of the 1871 government were Communards.