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Definition of community noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. communities)
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  1. 1[singular] all the people who live in a particular area, country, etc. when talked about as a group The local community was shocked by the murders. health workers based in the community (= working with people in a local area) the international community (= the countries of the world as a group) good community relations with the police community parks/libraries (= paid for by the local town/city)
  2. 2[countable] a group of people who share the same religion, race, job, etc. the Polish community in Chicago ethnic communities a farming community
  3. 3[uncountable] the feeling of sharing things and belonging to a group in the place where you live There is a strong sense of community in this town. community spirit Topic CollocationsTown and Countrytown live in a city/a town/an urban environment/the suburbs/the (housing) projects/shanty towns/slums/ (informal) a concrete jungle/the ghetto live downtown/in the downtown area/uptown/in midtown (Manhattan) enjoy/like the hectic pace of life/the hustle and bustle of city life cope with the stress/pressures of urban life get caught up in the rat race prefer/seek the anonymity of life in a big city be drawn to/resist the lure of the big city head for the bright lights (of the big city/New York) enjoy/love the vibrant/lively nightlife have/be close to all the amenities be surrounded by towering skyscrapers/soulless suburban sprawl use/travel by/rely on public transportation put up with/get stuck in/sit in massive/huge/heavy/endless/constant traffic jams tackle/ease/reduce/relieve/alleviate the heavy/severe (traffic) congestion be affected by/choked with/damaged by pollutioncountry live in a village/the countryside/an isolated area/a rural backwater/ (informal) the sticks/the boondocks enjoy/like the relaxed/slower pace of life enjoy/love/explore the great outdoors look for/find/get/enjoy a little peace and quiet need/want to get back/closer to nature be surrounded by open/unspoiled/picturesque/peaceful countryside escape/quit/get out of/leave the rat race seek/achieve a better/healthy work-life balance downshift to a less stressful life build/seek/start a new life in the country pull up stakes and move to/head for… create/build/foster a strong sense of community depend on/be employed in/work in agriculture live off/farm/work the land tackle/address the problem of rural/small-town unemployment
  4. 4[countable] (biology) a group of plants and animals growing or living in the same place or environment a community fish tank
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: community