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  ( commoner    comparative)   ( commonest    superlative)   ( commons    plural  )
1       adj   If something is common, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.,   (Antonym: uncommon, rare)    His name was Hansen, a common name in Norway..., Oil pollution is the commonest cause of death for seabirds..., It was common practice for prisoners to carve objects from animal bones to pass the time.     
  commonly      adv   ADV with v  
Parsley is probably the most commonly used of all herbs.     
2       adj   If something is commonto two or more people or groups, it is done, possessed, or used by them all.  
oft ADJ to n  
Moldavians and Romanians share a common language..., Such behaviour is common to all young people.     
3       adj   When there are more animals or plants of a particular species than there are of related species, then the first species is called common.  
ADJ n  
...the common house fly.     
4       adj   Common is used to indicate that someone or something is of the ordinary kind and not special in any way.  
ADJ n  
Common salt is made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride.     
5       adj   Common decency or common courtesy is the decency or courtesy which most people have. You usually talk about this when someone has not shown these characteristics in their behaviour to show your disapproval of them.  
oft with brd-neg, ADJ n     (disapproval)    He didn't have the common courtesy to ask permission.     
6       adj   You can use common to describe knowledge, an opinion, or a feeling that is shared by people in general.  
ADJ n  
It is common knowledge that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.     
  commonly      adv   ADV -ed  
A little adolescent rebellion is commonly believed to be healthy.     
7       adj   If you describe someone or their behaviour as common, you mean that they show a lack of taste, education, and good manners.,   (disapproval, Antonym: refined)    She might be a little common at times, but she was certainly not boring.     
8       n-count; n-in-names   A common is an area of grassy land, usually in or near a village or small town, where the public is allowed to go.  
We are warning women not to go out on to the common alone., ...Wimbledon Common.     
9       n-proper-coll   The Commons is the same as the House of Commons. The members of the House of Commons can also be referred to as the Commons.  
The Prime Minister is to make a statement in the Commons this afternoon..., The Commons has spent over three months on the bill.     
10   
    lowest common denominator  
11    If two or more things have something in common, they have the same characteristic or feature.  
in common      phrase   oft PHR with n  
The oboe and the clarinet have got certain features in common..., In common with most Italian lakes, access to the shores of Orta is restricted.     
12    If two or more people have something in common, they share the same interests or experiences.  
in common      phrase   usu have n PHR, oft PHR with n  
He had very little in common with his sister.     
13   
    common ground  
    ground  
    the common touch  
    touch  


common cold        ( common colds    plural  ) Thecommon cold is a mild illness. If you have it, your nose is blocked or runny and you have a sore throat or a cough.      n-count   usu sing, the N  
common currency     
If you say that an idea or belief has become common currency, you mean it is widely used and accepted.      n-uncount  
The story that she was trapped in a loveless marriage became common currency.     
common denominator        ( common denominators    plural  )
1       n-count   In mathematics, a common denominator is a number which can be divided exactly by all the denominators in a group of fractions.  
2       n-count   A common denominator is a characteristic or attitude that is shared by all members of a group of people.  
I think the only common denominator of success is hard work.     
3   
    lowest common denominator  
common land        ( common lands    plural  ) Common land is land which everyone is allowed to use.      n-uncount   also N in pl  
common law   , common-law  
1       n-uncount   Common law is the system of law which is based on judges' decisions and on custom rather than on written laws.  
Canadian libel law is based on English common law.     
2       adj   A common law relationship is regarded as a marriage because it has lasted a long time, although no official marriage contract has been signed.  
ADJ n  
...his common law wife.     
common market        ( common markets    plural  )
1       n-count   A common market is an organization of countries who have agreed to trade freely with each other and make common decisions about industry and agriculture.     (BUSINESS)  
...the Central American Common Market.     
2       n-proper   The Common Market is the former name of the European Union. Some people still refer to the European Union as the Common Market.  
the N  
common noun        ( common nouns    plural  ) A common noun is a noun such as `tree', `water', or `beauty' that is not the name of one particular person or thing. Compare proper noun.      n-count  
common-or-garden      , common or garden  
You can use common-or-garden to describe something you think is ordinary and not special in any way.  
  (mainly BRIT)      adj   ADJ n  
It's not just a common-or-garden phone!     
in AM, use garden-variety     
common room        ( common rooms    plural  ) , common-room   A common room is a room in a university or school where people can sit, talk, and relax.  
  (mainly BRIT)      n-count  
common sense      , commonsense  
Your common sense is your natural ability to make good judgments and to behave in a practical and sensible way.      n-uncount  
Use your common sense..., ...a common-sense approach.     
common stock     
Common stock refers to the shares in a company that are owned by people who have a right to vote at the company's meetings and to receive part of the company's profits after the holders of preferred stock have been paid.  
  (AM, BUSINESS)      n-uncount  
The company priced its offering of 2.7 million shares of common stock at 20 cents a share.     
    preferred stock  
in BRIT use ordinary shares     
lowest common denominator        ( lowest common denominators    plural  )
1       n-count   If you describe a plan or policy as thelowest common denominator, you are critical of it because it has been deliberately made too simple so that nobody will disagree.  
usu sing     (disapproval)    Although the plan received unanimous approval, this does not mean that it represents the lowest common denominator.     
2       n-count   If you say that something is designed to appeal to thelowest common denominator, you are critical of it because it is designed to be liked by the majority of people.  
usu sing     (disapproval)    Tabloid newspapers pander to the lowest common denominator.     
3       n-count   In mathematics, thelowest common denominator is the smallest number that all the numbers on the bottom of a particular group of fractions can be divided into.     (TECHNICAL)  
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id.
use your common sense or resourcefulness
n.
an affectionate slang name for a penis, similar to tadger, which is a more common used term. Used especially in the North of England, Todger has also been used as a nickname, particularly for males called Tom and Todd
adj.
- (usually of a person) lacking in intelligence, common sense, or just in general awareness; clumsy or idiotic. - [colloquial] [noun] a person that displays these character traits. - [informal] used for emphasis when something is dull, irritating, or nonsensical.
1) "I thought that I was stupid for failing my exam, but at least I tried," 2) "That's not how you do it, stupid!" 3) "I'm tired of this stupid computer!"
n.
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
o.
Cyber extremism is resorting any measure of imposing predetermined ideology using any online platform, beyond the norms of existing common social way of life
[Leg.];[Tech.] basis of cyber terrorism
o.
Cyber extremism is resorting any measure of imposing predetermined ideology using any online platform, beyond the norms of existing common social way of life
[Leg.];[Tech.] basis of cyber terrorism
exp.
expression meaning that several or all members of a family have something in common (a skill, a feature, a path or a behavior)
E.g.: He became an actor too. It runs in the family.
n.
Marriage between a man of royal or noble birth and a woman of lesser status, with the stipulation that wife and children have no claims to his titles or possessions or dignity. Still common at the beginning of the 20th C., the practice is now rare. Syn. Morganatic marriage, marriage of the left hand
[Hist.] So-called, because at the nuptial ceremony the husband gives his left hand to the bride, rather than his right, when saying, “I take thee for my wedded wife.”
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