com|mon1 [ `kamən ] adjective ***
▸ 1 frequent/frequently
▸ 2 used/done etc by group
▸ 3 ordinary
▸ 4 reaching usual standard
▸ 5 of low social class
1. ) happening frequently or existing in large amounts or numbers:
Mergers and takeovers have become increasingly common in recent years.
The most common criticism was that he was always late.
a common occurrence: Today smog is a common occurrence in many major cities.
it is common for someone/something to do something: It was common for children to play in the street.
a ) only before noun used in the names of birds and animals that are more common than related birds and animals
2. ) used, done, or shared by two or more people:
Member states also agreed to pursue a common trade policy.
a group of people descended from a common ancestor
common language: She was Swiss and I am from Vietnam, so French was our common language.
common to: questions and issues that are common to all our clients
3. ) only before noun ordinary, with no special status or rank:
a common soldier/criminal
the common man: This is true both for the philosopher and the common man.
the common people: In the fifteenth century the common people could neither read nor write.
4. ) reaching the standard that you normally expect from most ordinary people:
common courtesy: It would only be common courtesy to return their hospitality.
common decency: Why didn't you have the common decency to inform your uncle of where you were going?
5. ) MAINLY BRITISH OLD-FASHIONED an insulting way of describing someone from a low social class:
He's such a common little man.
a ) MAINLY BRITISH used about people's behavior or appearance:
Her language was indescribably common.
by common consent
with the agreement of everyone involved:
It was, by common consent, our finest performance.
the common good
the benefit of everyone
common practice
something that is done a lot and is considered normal:
It is common practice to offer guests some refreshment.
find/make common cause with someone
to work together with someone you would normally oppose in order to achieve something
com|mon 2 [ `kamən ] noun count
a large piece of open land in a town or city where anyone can walk, play sports, etc.:
They went for a walk on the common.
Boston Common
have something in common (with someone)
to have the same interests or opinions as someone else:
We have such a lot in common.
I don't think they have much in common with their neighbors.
have something in common (with something)
to have the same features as something else:
This area obviously has much in common with other inner-city areas.
in common with
in the same way as someone or something else:
Today the City Council, in common with the Mayor's Office, denounced the actions of the protesters.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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