Definition of community in English:


Syllabification: com·mu·ni·ty
Pronunciation: /kəˈmyo͞onitē

noun (plural communities)

  • 1A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common: Rhode Island’s Japanese community the scientific community
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    • All of the doubts of the scientific and intelligence community were kept from the public.
    • I know I've been a responsible member of the African-American, gay, and entertainment communities.
    • These figures do not take into account a growing lesbian and gay Internet community.
    group, body, set, circle, clique, faction
    informal gang, bunch
  • 1.1A group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership: a community of nuns
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    • Once a year I spend a weekend at a Buddhist monastery populated by a community of monks and nuns.
    • They wanted to build a closed community where they could practise polygamy away from prying eyes.
    • Paula expended her inheritance on building and supporting the twin communities and led her community of women with sensitivity and humility.
    brotherhood, sisterhood, fraternity, sorority, sodality; order, congregation, abbey, convent
  • 1.2A particular area or place considered together with its inhabitants: a rural community
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    • We would love to have the involvement from towns, villages and communities from the surrounding areas that do not have a parade themselves.
    • North Yorkshire and East Riding County Councils cover similar demographic areas - market towns and rural communities.
    • So far, the project, which targets rural communities in poor areas of urban centers, has been implemented in three districts.
  • 1.3A body of nations or states unified by common interests: [in names]: the European Community the African Economic Community
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    • The party has perceived Britain as belonging to a community of nations with common interests and values.
    • We do need a strong community of European nations where matters of common interest can be addressed.
    • Being part of the community of nations carries with it certain responsibilities.
  • 1.4 (the community) The people of a district or country considered collectively, especially in the context of social values and responsibilities; society: preparing prisoners for life back in the community
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    • Isn't it your responsibility to ensure the community receives value for money?
    • Historically, the family has been the basic social unit of the community.
    • They taught the young ones how to behave, about values in the community.
  • 1.5 [as modifier] Denoting a worker or resource designed to serve the people of a particular area: community health services
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    • Acomb's three main ward areas were regularly patrolled by community officers, or ward managers.
    • During his time there he worked as a patrol officer and community constable.
    • The next job was to secure the services of a community artist to assist in the tuition.
  • 2A feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals: the sense of community that organized religion can provide
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    • His daughter may have been more outgoing but she shared his sense of community.
    • It is hard to think of a local scene without a locus, to have a sense of community without a common sense of place.
    • It was a celebration of community through shared storytelling and of the human ability to create art.
  • 2.1 [in singular] A similarity or identity: writers who shared a community of interests
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    • There is a real community of interests here, if only both sides would see it.
    • He understood that the country and Nazi Germany shared a community of aims.
    • Under this part a group is a group that shares a distinct community of interest.
  • 2.2Joint ownership or liability: a commitment to the community of goods
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    • It is religious belief, religious practice (ritual), and community of goods that holds them together.
    • Property represented a problem for medieval economic thinkers because both scripture and natural law sanctioned the community of goods.
  • 3 Ecology A group of interdependent organisms of different species growing or living together in a specified habitat: communities of insectivorous birds
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    • In the natural environment, however, plants grow in communities and it is under these conditions that the root proliferation response has evolved.
    • The park's current flora is analyzed by habitat and four plant communities are described and discussed.
    • The members of this family are relatively common in Carboniferous faunal communities.


the international community

The countries of the world considered collectively.
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  • He underlined that the challenge was not simply to Britain and America but to the whole international community.
  • Now is the time for the international community to show its worth.
  • The UN is the international community's ultimate legal forum, but the techniques are the same.


late Middle English: from Old French comunete, reinforced by its source, Latin communitas, from communis (see common).

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