community - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] the people who live in an area: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    I wanted to work somewhere where I could serve the community.

    close-knit/tightly-knit community (=where everyone knows each other):

    Rock Creek is a close-knit community of several hundred people.

    the wider community (=the community of which a small group is a part):

    links between the university and the wider community

    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to a community or to the people in it

      The group visited various youth and community projects in the city.

      community affairs

    2. b.
      a group of people in a larger society who are the same in some way: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

      areas where there are large Jewish communities

    3. c.
      a group of people who live together in the same place, often people who keep themselves separate from society: can be followed by a singular or plural verb

      a community of monks

  2. 2

    the community

    society in general

    Patients who have received this treatment do well when they return to the community.

  3. 3
    [countable] a group of animals that live in the same place
  4. 4
    [uncountable] the feeling that you belong to a group and that this is a good thing

    People feel sad about the loss of community.

    sense of community:

    One of the major goals is to develop a sense of community.