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noun [countable]     common denominator pronunciation in British English
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singularcommon denominator
pluralcommon denominators
  1. 1
    a feature that everyone or everything in a particular group has

    The common denominator in all his novels is the use of the supernatural.

  2. 2
    maths a number that can be divided exactly by all the denominators (=numbers written below the line) in a particular group of fractions. The common denominator of 1/4, 1/3, and 1/6 is 12.


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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