Definition of in common in English:

in common


  • 1In joint use or possession; shared.

    ‘a sect that had wives in common’
    • ‘One thing maybe we do share in common, coming from our part of the world, is individuality.’
    • ‘For many years, Mrs Murphy was an asthmatic and that gave us something else in common.’
    • ‘The one thing they held in common was a singular interest in the top end of the game, and not our guild.’
    • ‘I will make no assumptions that friends with things in common will get on with each other.’
    • ‘During the months and years that followed, Edwina and I discovered many interests in common.’
    • ‘In its simplest sense, the word community implies people with something in common.’
    • ‘A couple of weeks ago two writers with seemingly very little in common happened to meet.’
    • ‘They share something in common - all of them are best friends and all of them keep blogs.’
    • ‘We loose sight of the fact that we are all human with far more in common than we sometimes care to acknowledge.’
    • ‘We didn't share many friends in common, just some very distant acquaintances.’
    1. 1.1Law Held or owned by two or more people each having undivided possession but with distinct, separately transferable interests.
      • ‘They should arrange to own the house as tenants in common, rather than as joint tenants.’
      • ‘Bearing this in mind, we now look at joint tenancies and tenancies in common.’
      • ‘If you own it as tenants in common, you can stipulate what share each party owns.’
      • ‘The property is to be taken in the joint names of himself and his wife. They will be tenants in common.’
      • ‘The parties are clearly involved in business with a view to profit, but was there is an agreement between the corporations to carry on business in common?’