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commune1

[verb kuh-myoon; noun kom-yoon] /verb kəˈmyun; noun ˈkɒm yun/
verb (used without object), communed, communing.
1.
to converse or talk together, usually with profound intensity, intimacy, etc.; interchange thoughts or feelings.
2.
to be in intimate communication or rapport:
to commune with nature.
noun
3.
interchange of ideas or sentiments.
Origin of commune1
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English com(m)unen < Middle French comuner to share, derivative of comun common
Related forms
communer, noun

commune2

[kuh-myoon] /kəˈmyun/
verb (used without object), communed, communing.
1.
to partake of the Eucharist.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English; back formation from communion
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  • And so communing with herself, she left the house for an afternoon walk.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • He was often thus when communing with himself on board ship in the quietude of the night.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • He then sent for the clergyman, and they spent several hours in communing together.

  • It was the need of being by herself, the haste of communing alone with her great happiness.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • Such was the man who now sat alone, communing with himself, in his room at the Villa d'Este.

    Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2) Charles James Lever
  • "No doubt they took you because of that," Sir Oliver pursued, as if communing with himself.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • In those historic and hallowed precincts they are communing with the Past, the Present, and the Future.

    The Vitalized School Francis B. Pearson
  • Hence an opportunity of communing with the world he valued at its just price.

British Dictionary definitions for communing

commune1

verb (kəˈmjuːn) (intransitive) usually foll by with
1.
to talk or converse intimately
2.
to experience strong emotion or spiritual feelings (for): to commune with nature
noun (ˈkɒmjuːn)
3.
intimate conversation; exchange of thoughts; communion
Word Origin
C13: from Old French comuner to hold in common, from comuncommon

commune2

/kəˈmjuːn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Christianity, mainly US) to partake of Communion
Word Origin
C16: back formation from communion

commune3

/ˈkɒmjuːn/
noun
1.
a group of families or individuals living together and sharing possessions and responsibilities
2.
any small group of people having common interests or responsibilities
3.
the smallest administrative unit in Belgium, France, Italy, and Switzerland, governed by a mayor and council
4.
the government or inhabitants of a commune
5.
a medieval town enjoying a large degree of autonomy
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Medieval Latin commūnia, from Latin: things held in common, from commūniscommon

Commune

/ˈkɒmjuːn/
noun (French history)
1.
2.
a committee that governed Paris during the French Revolution and played a leading role in the Reign of Terror: suppressed 1794
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Word Origin and History for communing

commune

v.

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.

n.

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.

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