Definition of 'commonplace'
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So maybe these dark practices are not as commonplace as people have been saying. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The commonplace book fixes time and arrests fading memory. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Try not to let work politics become commonplace. The Sun (2015)Reports into scandals are now so frequent as to seem almost commonplace. Times, Sunday Times (2013)What used to be a luxury treat is now a commonplace alternative to eating at home. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Some of this research will take a long time to become commonplace. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Use of social networking sites and video sharing is now commonplace. The Sun (2011)No wonder his pictures have become commonplace as posters. Times, Sunday Times (2008)That kind of behaviour has been commonplace up until now. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He wrote it down in his commonplace book because that was where he stored anecdotes on specifically ethical and political topics. The Times Literary Supplement (2014)And none of those reforms will end the wilful neglect of old people that seems to be commonplace in some hospitals. Times, Sunday Times (2007)All these plants are now commonplace. Times, Sunday Times (2012)All day long you looked at and talked to people, and did various commonplace things. The Guide to Greatness in Sales (1994)Today, the exceptional appeal of our popular culture has become something of a commonplace. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Or how quickly a miracle can come to seem commonplace '. The Times Literary Supplement (2011)Like all overused concepts, it becomes so commonplace that its actual meaning is obscured. THROWING THE ELEPHANT (2002)They all seem commonplace but have revolutionised our lives - and an equally great revolution is on its way. Times, Sunday Times (2011)The competition for the best sites is intense and it has become commonplace for money and lavish gifts to be traded for a favourable outcome. Times, Sunday Times (2006)So many things were commonplace in that world that a man's face wet with tears meant hardly anything at all. Richard TempleAll in all, it seems that the commonplace pleasures of daily life contribute more to happiness than intense but unusual delights. MAKING HAPPY PEOPLE (2005)I have often thought that you had just the kind of commonplace gifts that a host of commonplace people want to find at their service. Emily Fox-Seton (1901)Then Sherlock Holmes pulled down from the shelf one of the ponderous commonplace books in which he placed his cuttings. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1892)It is more than a commonplace book - a wonderful thing in itself, but anecdotal and made in the moment. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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Translations for 'commonplace'
British English: commonplace ADJECTIVE
If something is commonplace, it happens often or is often found, and is therefore not surprising.
Foreign holidays have become commonplace.
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