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Definition 1: a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area - [noun denoting location]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they went for a walk in the park

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is a kind of ...) an extended area of land

(... is a kind of common ) a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement

(... is a kind of common ) a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land

(... is an instance of common) a large park in Manhattan

(... is part of common) a geographical area constituting a city or town

Definition 2: having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

(common is similar to ...) prevailing among and common to the general public

"the general discontent"

(common is similar to ...) lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered

"average people" "the ordinary (or common) man in the street"

(common is similar to ...) representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

"democratic art forms" "a democratic or popular movement" "popular thought" "popular science" "popular fiction"

(common is similar to ...) of or for the common people

"demotic entertainments" "demotic speech" "a poet with a keen ear for demotic rhythms"

(common is similar to ...) frequently encountered

"a frequent (or common) error is using the transitive verb `lay' for the intransitive `lie'"

(common is similar to ...) of or involving the common people as constituting a fundamental political and economic group

"a grassroots movement for nuclear disarmament"

(common is similar to ...) commonly used or supplied

"standard procedure" "standard car equipment"

(means also ...) occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure

"grew the usual vegetables" "the usual summer heat" "came at the usual time" "the child's usual bedtime"

(means also ...) not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree

"ordinary everyday objects" "ordinary decency" "an ordinary day" "an ordinary wine"

(... are attributes of common) ordinariness as a consequence of being frequent and commonplace

Definition 3: belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • for the common good
  • common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community

(common is similar to ...) for or by a group rather than individuals

"dipping each his bread into a communal dish of stew" "a communal settlement in which all earnings and food were shared" "a group effort"

(common is similar to ...) affecting the people or community as a whole

"community leaders" "community interests" "the public welfare"

(means also ...) united or combined

"a joint session of Congress" "joint owners"

(... are attributes of common) sharing of common attributes

Definition 4: commonly encountered - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a common (or familiar) complaint
  • the usual greeting

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

"familiar ordinary objects found in every home" "a familiar everyday scene" "a familiar excuse" "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"

Definition 5: of low or inferior quality or value - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • of what coarse metal ye are molded
  • produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) of low or inferior quality

Definition 6: being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • common parlance
  • a vernacular term
  • vernacular speakers
  • the vulgar tongue of the masses
  • the technical and vulgar names for an animal species

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) used of spoken and written language

Definition 7: of or associated with the great masses of people - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) of humble birth or origins

"a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"

Definition 8: to be expected; standard - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • common decency

(common is similar to ...) not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree

"ordinary everyday objects" "ordinary decency" "an ordinary day" "an ordinary wine"

Definition 9: common to or shared by two or more parties - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a common friend
  • the mutual interests of management and labor

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) have in common; held or experienced in common

"two shared valence electrons forming a bond between adjacent nuclei" "a shared interest in philately"

Definition 10: lacking refinement or cultivation or taste - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where common or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for common in the sense of this definition

(common is similar to ...) (used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth

"how can a refined girl be drawn to such an unrefined man?"

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