Definition of community noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈmjuːnəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmjuːnəti//
    (pl. communities) Belonging to society
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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 (North American English) community parks/libraries (= paid for by the local town/city) See related entries: Belonging to society
  2. 2  [countable + singular or plural verb] a group of people who share the same religion, race, job, etc. the Polish community in London ethnic communities the 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 CollocationsTown and countryTown live in a city/​a town/​an urban environment/(informal) a concrete jungle/​the suburbs/​shanty towns/​slums live (especially North American English) downtown/​in the downtown area/(British English) in the city centre enjoy/​like the hectic pace of life/​the hustle and bustle of city life cope with the stress/​pressure of urban life get caught up in the rat race prefer/​seek the anonymity of life in a big city be drawn by/​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/​a soulless urban sprawl use/​travel by/​rely on (British English) public transport/(North American English) 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/​choked/​damaged by pollutionCountry live in a village/​the countryside/​an isolated area/​a rural backwater/(informal) the sticks 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/​unspoilt/​picturesque countryside escape/​quit/​get out of/​leave the rat race seek/​achieve a better/​healthy work-life balance downshift to a less stressful life seek/​start a new life in the country (British English, informal) up sticks/ (North American English, informal ) 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 unemployment
  4. 4[countable] (biology) a group of plants and animals growing or living in the same place or environment a community fish tank
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French comunete, reinforced by its source, Latin communitas, from communis ‘common’.Extra examples The town has a strong community spirit. a close-knit fishing community a cultural programme that should benefit the community at large divisions within the scientific community the Asian community in Britain the concerns of the local and wider community He urged the international community to take decisive action on debt relief. He was the local magistrate and a pillar of the community. Many of the women have left their rural communities to find work in the city. Representatives of the city’s Asian community had a meeting with the mayor. The aim of the programme is to foster community relations. The library is open to all members of the community. There needs to be more support for the elderly in the community. We need initiatives that will benefit the community at large.
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