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com•mune1 /kəˈmyun/USA pronunciation   v. [no object], -muned, -mun•ing. 
  1. to converse or talk together.
  2. [+ with + object] to be in close communication: to commune with nature.

com•mune3 /ˈkɑmyun/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmenta small group of persons living together, sharing possessions, work, income, etc.
  2. Governmenta group of persons working together as a team, esp. to run a collective farm.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
com•mune1  (v. kə myo̅o̅n;n. komyo̅o̅n),USA pronunciation v.,  -muned, -mun•ing, n. 
v.i. 
  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.

n. 
  1. interchange of ideas or sentiments.
com•muner, n. 
  • Middle French comuner to share, derivative of comun common
  • Middle English com(m)unen 1250–1300

com•mune2  (kə myo̅o̅n),USA pronunciation v.i.,  -muned, -mun•ing. 
  1. Religionto partake of the Eucharist.
  • 1275–1325; Middle English; back formation from communion

com•mune3  (komyo̅o̅n),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmenta small group of persons living together, sharing possessions, work, income, etc., and often pursuing unconventional lifestyles.
  2. Governmenta close-knit community of people who share common interests.
  3. Governmentthe smallest administrative division in France, Italy, Switzerland, etc., governed by a mayor assisted by a municipal council.
  4. Governmenta similar division in some other country.
  5. Governmentany community organized for the protection and promotion of local interests, and subordinate to the state.
  6. Governmentthe government or citizens of a commune.
  7. GovernmentSee  people's commune. 
  8. World Historythe Commune. Also called  Commune of Paris, Paris Commune. 
    • World Historya revolutionary committee that took the place of the municipality of Paris in the revolution of 1789, usurped the authority of the state, and was suppressed by the National Convention in 1794.
    • a socialistic government of Paris from March 18 to May 27, 1871.
  • Medieval Latin commūna (feminine), alteration of Latin commūne community, state, origin, originally neuter of commūnis common
  • French
  • 1785–95


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commune vb /kəˈmjuːn/(intransitive) usually followed by with:
  1. to talk or converse intimately
  2. to experience strong emotion or spiritual feelings (for): to commune with nature
n /ˈkɒmjuːn/
  1. intimate conversation; exchange of thoughts; communion
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French comuner to hold in common, from comun common
commune /ˈkɒmjuːn/ n
  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. a medieval town enjoying a large degree of autonomy
Etymology: 18th Century: from French, from Medieval Latin commūnia, from Latin: things held in common, from commūnis common



Commune /ˈkɒmjuːn/ n
  1. See Paris Commune
  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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