(~er, ~est, ~s)
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most ~ words in English.
If something is ~, it is found in large numbers or it happens often.
His name was Hansen, a ~ name in Norway...
Oil pollution is the ~est cause of death for seabirds...
It was ~ practice for prisoners to carve objects from animal bones to pass the time.
? un~, rare
Parsley is probably the most ~ly used of all herbs.
ADV: ADV with v
If something is ~ to two or more people or groups, it is done, possessed, or used by them all.
Moldavians and Romanians share a ~ language...
Such behaviour is ~ to all young people.
ADJ: oft ADJ to n
When there are more animals or plants of a particular species than there are of related species, then the first species is called ~.
...the ~ house fly.
ADJ: ADJ n
Common is used to indicate that someone or something is of the ordinary kind and not special in any way.
Common salt is made up of 40% sodium and 60% chloride.
ADJ: ADJ n
Common decency or ~ courtesy is the decency or courtesy which most people have. You usually talk about this when someone has not shown these characteristics in their behaviour to show your disapproval of them.
He didn’t have the ~ courtesy to ask permission.
ADJ: oft with brd-neg, ADJ n disapproval
You can use ~ to describe knowledge, an opinion, or a feeling that is shared by people in general.
It is ~ knowledge that swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.
ADJ: ADJ n
A little adolescent rebellion is ~ly believed to be healthy.
ADV: ADV -ed
If you describe someone or their behaviour as ~, you mean that they show a lack of taste, education, and good manners.
She might be a little ~ at times, but she was certainly not boring.
A ~ is an area of grassy land, usually in or near a village or small town, where the public is allowed to go.
We are warning women not to go out on to the ~ alone.
The Commons is the same as the House of Commons . The members of the House of Commons can also be referred to as the Commons.
The Prime Minister is to make a statement in the Commons this afternoon...
The Commons has spent over three months on the bill.
see also lowest ~ denominator
If two or more things have something in ~, they have the same characteristic or feature.
The oboe and the clarinet have got certain features in ~...
In ~ with most Italian lakes, access to the shores of Orta is restricted.
PHRASE: oft PHR with n
If two or more people have something in ~, they share the same interests or experiences.
He had very little in ~ with his sister.
PHRASE: usu have n PHR, oft PHR with n
~ ground: see ground
the ~ touch: see touch