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happening often and to many people or in many places
Heart disease is one of the commonest causes of death.
Bad dreams are fairly common among children.
it's common for somebody to do something
It's common for new fathers to feel jealous of the baby.
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.
existing in large numbers
Daisies are very common flowers.
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
a theme that is common to all her novels
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.
shared by everyone
belonging to or shared by everyone in a society
These problems are common to all societies.
Joe was chosen as captain
by common consent
with everyone's agreement
something everyone knows
It is common knowledge that
travel broadens the mind.
the common good
the advantage of everyone
They work together for the common good.
a usual or accepted way of doing things
It was common practice for families to attend church together.
only before noun, no comparative
ordinary and not special in any way
The twentieth century was called the century of
the common man
He insists that he is a revolutionary not a common criminal.
a polite way of behaving that you expect from people
It would be common courtesy to return their hospitality.
common or garden
a common or garden dispute
make/find common cause (with/against somebody)
to join with other people or groups in order to achieve something
France and Russia made common cause against Britain.
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.
an offensive word used for describing someone from a low social class
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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