KJV Dictionary Definition: commune



1. To converse; to talk together familiarly; to impart sentiments mutually, in private or familiar discourse; followed by with before the person.

And there will I meet and commune with thee. Ex. 25.

2. To have intercourse in contemplation or meditation.

Commune with your own heart or your bed. Ps. 4.

3. To partake of the sacrament or Lords supper; to receive the communion; a common use of the word in America, as it is in the Welsh.

COMMUNE, n. A small territorial district in France--one of the subordinate divisions of the country introduced in the late revolution.

Communibus annis, one year with another; on an average.

Communibus locis, one place with another; on a medium.



1. To impart; to give to another, as a partaker; to confer for joint possession; to bestow, as that which the receiver is to hold, retain, use or enjoy; with to.

Where God is worshiped, there he communicates his blessings and holy influences.

Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teacheth in all good things. Gal. 6.

2. To impart reciprocally, or mutually; to have or enjoy a share of; followed by with.

Common benefits are to be communicated with all, but peculiar benefits with choice.

But Diamede desires my company,

And still communicates his praise with me.

3. To impart, as knowledge; to reveal; to give, as information, either by words, signs or signals; as, to communicate intelligence, news, opinions, or facts.

Formerly this verb had with before the person receiving; as, he communicated those thoughts only with the Lord Digby. Clarendon. But now it has to only.

4. To deliver, as to communicate a message; to give, as to communicate motion.


1. To partake of the Lords supper. Instead of this, in America, at least in New England, commune is generally or always used.

2. To have a communication or passage from one to another; to have the means of passing from one to another; as, two houses communicate with each other; a fortress communicates with the country; the canals of the body communicate with each other.

3. To have intercourse; applied to persons.

4. To have, enjoy or suffer reciprocally; to have a share with another.

Ye have done well that ye did communicate with my affliction. Phil. 4.


COMMUNICATED, pp. Imparted from one to another; bestowed; delivered.



1. Imparting; giving or bestowing; delivering.

2. Partaking of the sacrament of the Lords supper.

3. Leading or conducting from place to place, as a passage; connected by a passage or channel, as two lakes communicating with each other.

4. Having intercourse by words, letters or messages; corresponding.



1. The act of imparting, conferring, or delivering, from one to another; as the communication of knowledge, opinions or facts.

2. Intercourse by words, letters or messages; interchange of thoughts or opinions, by conference or other means.

Abner had communication with the elders of Israel, saying, Ye sought for David in times past to be king over you. 2 Sam. 3.

Let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay. Mat. 5.

In 1 Cor. 15:33, Evil communications corrupt good manners, the word may signify conversation, colloquial discourses, or customary association and familiarity.

3. Intercourse; interchange of knowledge; correspondence; good understanding between men.

Secrets may be carried so far as to stop the communication necessary among all who have the management of affairs.

4. Connecting passage; means of passing from place to place; as a strait or channel between seas or lakes, a road between cities or countries, a gallery between apartments in a house, an avenue between streets, &c.

Keep open a communication with the besieged place.

5. That which is communicated or imparted.

The house received a communication from the Governor, respecting the hospital.

6. In rhetoric, a trope by which a speaker or writer takes his hearer or speaker as a partner in his sentiments, and says we, instead of I or you.



1. Inclined to communicate; ready to impart to others. In the sense of liberal of benefits, though legitimate, it is little used.

2. Disposed to impart or disclose, as knowledge, opinions, or facts; free to communicate; not reserved.

We have paid for our want of prudence, and determine for the future to be less communicative.


COMMUNICATIVENESS, n. The quality of being communicative; readiness to impart to others; freedom from reserve.


COMMUNING, ppr. Conversing familiarly; having familiar intercourse.

COMMUNING, n. Familiar converse; private intercourse.



1. Properly, common possession or enjoyment; as a community of goods.

It is a confirmation of the original community of all things.

2. A society of people, having common rights and privileges, or common interests, civil, political or ecclesiastical; or living under the same laws and regulations. This word may signify a commonwealth or state, a body politic, or a particular society or order of men within a state, as a community of monks; and it is often used for the public or people in general, without very definite limits.

3. Commonness; frequency.