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commune1

[v. kuh-myoon; n. kom-yoon] /v. kəˈmyun; n. 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
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

commune3

[kom-yoon] /ˈkɒm yun/
noun
1.
a small group of persons living together, sharing possessions, work, income, etc., and often pursuing unconventional lifestyles.
2.
a close-knit community of people who share common interests.
3.
the smallest administrative division in France, Italy, Switzerland, etc., governed by a mayor assisted by a municipal council.
4.
a similar division in some other country.
5.
any community organized for the protection and promotion of local interests, and subordinate to the state.
6.
the government or citizens of a commune.
8.
the Commune, Also called Commune of Paris, Paris Commune.
  1. a 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.
  2. a socialistic government of Paris from March 18 to May 27, 1871.
Origin
1785-95; < French < Medieval Latin commūna (feminine), alteration of Latin commūne community, state, orig. neuter of commūnis common
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  • Eventually though, she finds there's much more to the group's commune than meets the eye.
  • Today's ideal social form is not the commune or the movement or even the individual creator as such.
  • Other cultures have a more comfortable relationship with the deceased, and even commune with the spirits of ancestors.
  • It gives you a chance to commune with nature, family or friend's time, and involve yourself in the local culture.
  • The main thing is to commune with space enthusiasts.
  • Only someone who has fully bought into the concept of a national commune would believe this.
  • It was at once political theater, countercultural commune, and recruiting agent for progressive causes.
  • They wanted to commune with nature but were not particularly keen on feeling totally alone.
  • Both had dreamy plans about starting a commune of artists.
  • The commune is in the administrative subdivision of the leeward islands.
British Dictionary definitions for commune

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 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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