common

common
1 adjective
1 A LOT/LARGE AMOUNT existing in large numbers or happening often and in many places: Heart disease is one of the commonest causes of death.
(+ among): Bad dreams are fairly common among children. | it is common for sth to happen: It's very common for new fathers to feel jealous of the baby. | common belief/assumption/practice etc: It's a common but false assumption that all mentally ill people are violent.
2 SAME/SIMILAR (usually before noun, no comparative) common aims, beliefs, ideas etc are shared by several people or groups: They had a satisfying sense of working towards a common goal.
(+ to): a theme that is common to all her novels | common ground (=shared opinions, beliefs etc among people who are usually separate): The two parties met to establish some common ground.
3 SHARED BY EVERYONE (usually before noun, no comparative) belonging to or shared by everyone in a society
(+ to): These problems are common to all societies. | the common good (=the advantage of everyone): Do they seriously think they're acting for the common good? | common knowledge (=something everyone knows): In a small town everyone's actions are common knowledge. | common land (=owned by the public) | by common consent (=agreed by everyone): Joe was chosen as captain by common consent.
4 common courtesy/decency a polite way of behaving that you expect from people: It's only common courtesy to write and thank them for the present.
5 ORDINARY (only before noun, no comparative) ordinary and not special in any way: The common people will not benefit from these reforms. | common salt | the common man (=ordinary people) | common-or-garden BrE slang (=very common and ordinary)
6 PERSON especially BrE old-fashioned an offensive word for someone from a low social class: Stop that! People will think we're common. | as common as muck BrE (=extremely common)
7 common practice a usual or accepted way of doing things: Sending kids away to school was common practice among the upper classes.
8 the common touch the ability of someone in a position of power or authority to talk to and understand ordinary people: He's made it to the top without losing the common touch.
2 noun
1 have sth in common (with sb) to have the same interests, attitudes etc as someone else: To my surprise, I found I had a lot in common with this stranger.
2 have sth in common (with sth) if objects or ideas have something in common, they share the same features: Their methods have a lot in common.
3 in common with sb/sth in the same way as someone or something else: In common with a lot of other countries, we're in an economic recession.
4 (C) a large area of grass in a village that people walk or play sport on
5 technical having the same relationship to two or more quantities: 5 is a common factor of 10 and 20

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

Игры ⚽ Нужен реферат?
Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • common — com·mon 1 adj 1 a: of or relating to a community at large: public common defense b: known to the community a common thief 2: belonging to or shared by two or more persons or things or by all members of a group …   Law dictionary

  • Common — Com mon, a. [Compar. {Commoner}; superl. {Commonest}.] [OE. commun, comon, OF. comun, F. commun, fr. L. communis; com + munis ready to be of service; cf. Skr. mi to make fast, set up, build, Goth. gamains common, G. gemein, and E. mean low,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Common — in einer Ausgabe von Men s Health (2006) Common (* 13. März 1972 in Chicago, Illinois; bürgerlicher Name Lonnie Rashid Lynn) ist ein US amerikanischer Rapper und Schauspieler. Inhaltsverzeich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Common — Datos generales Nombre real Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. Nacimi …   Wikipedia Español

  • common — [käm′ən] adj. [ME commun < OFr comun < L communis (OL comoinis), shared by all or many < IE * kom moini , common (< * kom,COM + * moini , achievement < base * mei , to exchange, barter) > OE gemæne, public, general, Ger gemein:… …   English World dictionary

  • common — adj 1 *universal, general, generic Analogous words: shared, partaken, participated (see SHARE vb): joined or joint, united, conjoined, connected, associated (see corresponding verbs at JOIN): merged, blended, amalgamated (see MIX) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Common — Com mon, n. 1. The people; the community. [Obs.] The weal o the common. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. An inclosed or uninclosed tract of ground for pleasure, for pasturage, etc., the use of which belongs to the public; or to a number of persons. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common — ► ADJECTIVE (commoner, commonest) 1) occurring, found, or done often; not rare. 2) without special qualities, rank, or position; ordinary. 3) of the most familiar type. 4) showing a lack of taste and refinement supposedly typical of the lower… …   English terms dictionary

  • common — [adj1] average, ordinary accepted, banal, bourgeois, casual, characteristic, colloquial, comformable, commonplace, conventional, current, customary, daily, everyday, familiar, frequent, general, habitual, hackneyed, homely, humdrum, informal,… …   New thesaurus

  • Common — Com mon, v. i. 1. To converse together; to discourse; to confer. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Embassadors were sent upon both parts, and divers means of entreaty were commoned of. Grafton. [1913 Webster] 2. To participate. [Obs.] Sir T. More. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • common — see mutual …   Modern English usage

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”