com|mon1 W1S1 [ˈkɔmən US ˈka:-] adj
1¦(happening often)¦
2¦(a lot)¦
4 common ground
5¦(shared by everyone)¦
6 common knowledge
7 the common good
8 common practice
10 common courtesy/decency/politeness
11 common or garden
12 make/find common cause (with/against somebody)
13 common touch
14¦(social class)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: commun, from Latin communis]
happening often and to many people or in many places
≠ ↑rare
Heart disease is one of the commonest causes of death.
common among
Bad dreams are fairly common among children.
it's common for sb to do sth
It's common for new fathers to feel jealous of the baby.
2.) ¦(A LOT)¦
existing in large numbers
≠ ↑rare
Daisies are very common flowers.
3.) ¦(SAME/SIMILAR)¦ [usually before noun, no comparative]
common aims, beliefs, ideas etc are shared by several people or groups
people working towards a common goal
countries that share a common language
common to
a theme that is common to all her novels
4.) common ground
facts, features, or beliefs that are shared by people or things that are very different
common ground between
There is a great deal of common ground between management and trade unions on this issue.
5.) ¦(SHARED BY EVERYONE)¦ [ no comparative]
belonging to or shared by everyone in a society
common to
These problems are common to all societies.
Joe was chosen as captain by common consent (=with everyone's agreement) .
6.) common knowledge
something everyone knows
It is common knowledge that travel broadens the mind.
7.) the common good
the advantage of everyone
They work together for the common good.
8.) common practice
a usual or accepted way of doing things
It was common practice for families to attend church together.
9.) ¦(ORDINARY)¦ [only before noun, no comparative]
ordinary and not special in any way
common salt
The twentieth century was called the century of the common man (=ordinary people) .
He insists that he is a revolutionary not a common criminal.
10.) common courtesy/decency/politeness
a polite way of behaving that you expect from people
It would be common courtesy to return their hospitality.
11.) common or garden
BrE ordinary
American Equivalent: garden-variety
a common or garden dispute
12.) make/find common cause (with/against sb)
formal to join with other people or groups in order to achieve something
France and Russia made common cause against Britain.
13.) common touch
the ability of someone in a position of power or authority to talk to and understand ordinary people - used to show approval
He's made it to the top without losing the common touch.
BrE old-fashioned an offensive word used for describing someone from a low social class
HINT sense 1
Do not say 'It is common that...': It is common for children to be afraid (NOT It is common that children are afraid) of the dark.
common 2
common2 n
1.) have sth in common (with sb)
to have the same interests, attitudes etc as someone else
I found I had a lot in common with these people.
four women with almost nothing in common
2.) have sth in common (with sth)
if objects or ideas have something in common, they share the same features
The two games have much 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.
a large area of open land in a town or village that people walk or play sport on
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