common Definition

  • 1occurring, found, or done often; prevalent.
  • 2belonging to or shared by two or more people or things.
  • 3ordinary; of no special quality; standard.

Using common: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "common" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    It is common for people to feel nervous before a job interview.

  • Example

    The most common type of bird in this area is the sparrow.

  • Example

    We have a common goal of improving our community.

  • Example

    The common cold is a viral infection that affects the upper respiratory tract.

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    The two countries share a common border.

common Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for common

Phrases with common

  • shared by two or more people or things


    They have a lot in common.

  • shared beliefs, interests, or opinions between two or more people or groups


    We need to find some common ground if we want to reach an agreement.

  • good judgment and practical knowledge based on experience rather than theory


    It's just common sense to wear a seatbelt when driving.

Origins of common

from Old English 'cuman', meaning 'together'


Summary: common in Brief

The term 'common' [ˈkɒmən] refers to something that is frequent, shared, or ordinary. It can describe anything from a viral infection to a goal shared by a group. Phrases like 'in common' and 'common ground' denote shared experiences or beliefs. 'Common sense' refers to practical knowledge based on experience. Synonyms include 'usual,' 'frequent,' and 'widespread.'

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