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Mergers and takeovers have become increasingly common in recent years.
The most common criticism was that he was always late.
Today smog is a common occurrence in many major cities.
It was common for children to play in the street.
Member states also agreed to pursue a common trade policy.
a group of people descended from a common ancestor
She was Swiss and I am from Vietnam, so French was our common language.
These issues are common to all our clients.
He's such a common little man.
This is the American English definition of common. View British English definition of common.
old and in bad condition, or no longer effective
a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the timeadd a word
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