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commune

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[ verb kuh-myoon; noun kom-yoon ]
/ verb kəˈmyun; noun ˈkɒm yun /
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verb (used without object), com·muned, com·mun·ing.

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.

noun

interchange of ideas or sentiments.

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RELATED WORDS

ponder, parley, converse, mediate, muse, confer, reflect, contemplate, discourse, discuss

Nearby words

communality, communalize, communally, communard, communautaire, commune, commune of paris, communicable, communicable disease, communicable disease center, communicant

Origin of commune

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1250–1300; Middle English com(m)unen < Middle French comuner to share, derivative of comun common
Related formscom·mun·er, noun

Definition for communing (2 of 2)

commune

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[ kuh-myoon ]
/ kəˈmyun /

verb (used without object), com·muned, com·mun·ing.

to partake of the Eucharist.

Origin of commune

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1275–1325; Middle English; back formation from communion
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British Dictionary definitions for communing (1 of 4)

commune

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verb (kəˈmjuːn) (intr usually foll by with)

to talk or converse intimately
to experience strong emotion or spiritual feelings (for)to commune with nature

noun (ˈkɒmjuːn)

intimate conversation; exchange of thoughts; communion

Word Origin for commune

C13: from Old French comuner to hold in common, from comun common

British Dictionary definitions for communing (2 of 4)

commune

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/ (kəˈmjuːn) /

verb

(intr) Christianity, mainly US to partake of Communion

Word Origin for commune

C16: back formation from communion

British Dictionary definitions for communing (3 of 4)

commune

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/ (ˈkɒmjuːn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for commune

C18: from French, from Medieval Latin commūnia, from Latin: things held in common, from commūnis common

British Dictionary definitions for communing (4 of 4)

Commune

/ (ˈkɒmjuːn) /

noun French history

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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