common

When something's common, it's usual, or it happens frequently. It's more common than you might think for little kids to be terrified of clowns.

Things that are common happen all the time — they're ordinary. It's common for people to put ketchup on their French fries, and a pigeon is an extremely common type of bird to see in a city. Common can also refer to something that's shared by a group, like a region's common culture. In fact, a green space in the center of a town is sometimes called a common, maybe because it's shared by everyone in the town.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: common

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adj
having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual
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adjn
belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public
a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area
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adj
of or associated with the great masses of people
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: common
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adj having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual

“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”
Synonyms
average, ordinary
lacking special distinction, rank, or status; commonly encountered
democratic, popular
representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large
demotic
of or for the common people
frequent
frequently encountered
general
prevailing among and common to the general public
grassroots
of or involving the common people as constituting a fundamental political and economic group
standard
commonly used or supplied
usual
occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree
Antonyms:
uncommon
not common or ordinarily encountered; unusually great in amount or remarkable in character or kind
especial, exceptional, particular, special
surpassing what is common or usual or expected
rare
not widely known; especially valued for its uncommonness
red carpet, red-carpet
special treatment or hospitality
unusual
not commonly encountered
unwonted
out of the ordinary
unusual
not usual or common or ordinary
extraordinary
beyond what is ordinary or usual; highly unusual or exceptional or remarkable
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adj to be expected; standard

common decency”
Synonyms
ordinary
not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree

adj commonly encountered

“a common (or familiar) complaint”
Synonyms:
usual
familiar
within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange

adj being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language

common parlance”
Synonyms:
vernacular, vulgar
informal
used of spoken and written language
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adj belonging to or participated in by a community as a whole; public

“for the common good”
common lands are set aside for use by all members of a community”
Synonyms
communal
for or by a group rather than individuals
public
affecting the people or community as a whole
joint
united or combined
Antonyms:
individual, single
being or characteristic of a single thing or person
idiosyncratic
peculiar to the individual
individualist, individualistic
marked by or expressing individuality
man-to-man, one-on-one
being a system of play in which an individual defensive player guards an individual offensive player
respective, several, various
considered individually
singular
being a single and separate person or thing
separate
independent; not united or joint
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adj common to or shared by two or more parties

“a common friend”
Synonyms:
mutual
shared
have in common; held or experienced in common

n a piece of open land for recreational use in an urban area

Synonyms:
commons, green, park
Examples:
Central Park
a large park in Manhattan
Disneyland
an amusement park in Anaheim created in 1955 by Walt Disney
Walt Disney World
a large amusement park established in 1971 to the southwest of Orlando
Types:
amusement park, funfair, pleasure ground
a commercially operated park with stalls and shows for amusement
village green
a village park consisting of a plot of grassy land
theme park
an amusement park that is organized around some theme (as the world of tomorrow)
Type of:
parcel, parcel of land, piece of ground, piece of land, tract
an extended area of land
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adj of or associated with the great masses of people

“the common people in those days suffered greatly”
“behavior that branded him as common
Synonyms:
plebeian, unwashed, vulgar
lowborn
of humble birth or origins

adj of low or inferior quality or value

“produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population”
Synonyms:
coarse
inferior
of low or inferior quality

adj lacking refinement or cultivation or taste

“behavior that branded him as common
Synonyms:
coarse, rough-cut, uncouth, vulgar
unrefined
(used of persons and their behavior) not refined; uncouth
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