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common adj
1 belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public; "for the common good"; "common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community" [ant: individual]
2 of no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap" [ant: uncommon]
3 common to or shared by two or more parties; "a common friend"; "the mutual interests of management and labor" [syn: mutual]
4 commonly encountered; "a common (or familiar) complaint"; "the usual greeting" [syn: usual]
5 being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language; "common parlance"; "a vernacular term"; "vernacular speakers"; "the vulgar tongue of the masses"; "the technical and vulgar names for an animal species" [syn: vernacular, vulgar]
6 of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses" [syn: plebeian, vulgar, unwashed]
7 of low or inferior quality or value; "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population" [syn: coarse]
8 lacking refinement or cultivation or taste; "he had coarse manners but a first-rate mind"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "an untutored and uncouth human being"; "an uncouth soldier--a real tough guy"; "appealing to the vulgar taste for violence"; "the vulgar display of the newly rich" [syn: coarse, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar]
9 to be expected; standard; "common decency" n : a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area; "they went for a walk in the park" [syn: park, commons, green]

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English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) , /ˈkɒmən/, /"kQm@n/
  • (US) , /ˈkɑmən/, /"kAm@n/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒmən
  • Hyphenation: com·mon

Adjective

  1. Mutual; shared by more than one.
    The two competitors have the common aim of winning the championship.
    Winning the championship is an aim common to the two competitors.
  2. Occurring or happening regularly or frequently; usual.
    It is common to find sharks off this coast.
  3. Found in large numbers or in a large quantity.
    Sharks are common in these waters.
  4. Simple, ordinary or vulgar.
  5. In some languages, particularly Germanic languages, of the gender originating from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine categories of nouns.
  6. Of or pertaining to uncapitalized nouns in English, i.e., common nouns vs. proper nouns

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Translations

mutual
usual
found in large numbers or in a large quantity
ordinary
grammar: of the gender resulting from the coalescence of the masculine and feminine genders
Translations to be checked

Noun

  1. Mutual good, shared by more than one.
  2. a tract of land in common ownership

Translations

mutual good
tract of land

Extensive Definition

Common or commons may refer to:
common in Portuguese: Common (desambiguação)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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