If a number of people consider themselves one group based on location, work, religion, nationality, or even activity, they can be called a community. If you like to play online games, you are active in the gamer community.

The original meaning of Latin communitatem "a sense of fellowship" shifted to mean "a specific group of people with a common interest" during the Middle Ages. The modern English word community has both of these meanings available. Street festivals or school fairs can help to develop a sense of community in schools or neighborhoods. If you start a campaign to clean up the community, you want to make the area you live in more attractive.

Definitions of community
  1. noun
    a group of people living in a particular local area
    “the team is drawn from all parts of the community
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    a community of Native Americans who speak a Hokan language and live in northeastern California
    a community of Native Americans who speak a Hokan language and live in Baja California
    the small group of Quechua living in the Cuzco Valley in Peru who established hegemony over their neighbors in order to create an empire that lasted from about 1100 until the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s
    a community of South American Indians in Peru who were formerly the ruling class of the Incan Empire
    a community of Negroid people in southern South Africa
    a community of Negroid people in eastern South Africa
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    a local church community
    a community of people in a religious order (especially nuns) living together
    the members of a religious community living together
    Islam Nation, Islamic Ummah, Muslim Ummah, Umma, Ummah
    the Muslim community or people, considered to extend from Mauritania to Pakistan
    speech community
    people sharing a given language or dialect
    neighborhood, neighbourhood
    people living near one another
    settlement, small town, village
    a community of people smaller than a town
    crossroads, hamlet
    a community of people smaller than a village
    a nomadic community
    a community of Native Americans who speak an Eskimo-Aleut language and inhabit the Aleutian Islands and southwestern Alaska
    a mostly Sunni Muslim community living in northwestern Caucasia
    (slang) a neighborhood
    people living or working on the same street
    a cooperative Israeli village or settlement comprised of small farms
    Golden Horde
    a Mongolian army that swept over eastern Europe in the 13th century
    type of:
    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  2. noun
    a district where people live; occupied primarily by private residences
    synonyms: residential area, residential district
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    a section of northwestern Washington, D.C.
    Greenwich Village
    a mainly residential district of Manhattan; `the Village' became a home for many writers and artists in the 20th century
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    planned community
    a residential district that is planned for a certain class of residents
    a residential part of town away from the central commercial district
    suburb, suburban area, suburbia
    a residential district located on the outskirts of a city
    a residential area outside of a city and beyond suburbia
    tenement district
    a residential district occupied primarily with tenement houses
    rabbit warren, warren
    an overcrowded residential area
    retirement community, retirement complex
    a planned community for residents who have retired from an active working life
    a suburban area laid out in streets and lots for a future residential area
    bedroom community
    a community where many commuters live
    a New Orleans district lying outside the original city limits; used in combination with the names of various quarters of the city
    stockbroker belt
    a wealthy residential suburb
    type of:
    district, dominion, territorial dominion, territory
    a region marked off for administrative or other purposes
  3. noun
    a group of nations having common interests
    “they hoped to join the NATO community
  4. noun
    (ecology) a group of interdependent organisms inhabiting the same region and interacting with each other
    synonyms: biotic community
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    a major biotic community characterized by the dominant forms of plant life and the prevailing climate
    arid land with little or no vegetation
    land where grass or grasslike vegetation grows and is the dominant form of plant life
    forest, timber, timberland, woodland
    land that is covered with trees and shrubs
    type of:
    group, grouping
    any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
  5. noun
    common ownership
    “they shared a community of possessions”
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    the relation of an owner to the thing possessed; possession with the right to transfer possession to others
  6. noun
    agreement as to goals
    “the preachers and the bootleggers found they had a community of interests”
    synonyms: community of interests
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    type of:
    accord, agreement
    harmony of people's opinions or actions or characters
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