\ə-ˈmid \
variants: or amidst \-ˈmidst, -ˈmitst \

Definition of amid 

1 : in or into the middle of : surrounded by : among amid the crowd

2a : during amid the fighting

b : with the accompaniment of resigned amid rumors of misconduct

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Synonyms for amid


among (also amongst), mid, midst, through

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Examples of amid in a Sentence

It was hard to hear amid all the cheering. The investigation comes amid growing concerns. Amid such changes, one thing stayed the same. He managed to escape amid the confusion. There was a single dark bird amid a flock of white pigeons.
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In the southern town of Mastung, candidate Siraj Raisani and 127 others died when a suicide bomber blew himself up amid scores of supporters who had gathered at a rally. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 Hikers who like to establish a base camp amid a bunch of summit objectives should look hard at the Stein. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios has refused to comment on his future amid rumours that Tottenham could make a bid to bring him to the Premier League. SI.com, "Colombian Midfielder Wilmar Barrios Coy on Future as He Responds to Tottenham Links," 13 July 2018 And one that, amid personal celebration choices, could have produced a bump in the population data of L.A. by the summer of '89. Tom Hoffarth, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Only in Hollywood': How MLB Network Captures the Drama (and Humor) of the '88 Dodgers," 13 July 2018 Today, amid massive anti-Trump protests in the British capital, POTUS and FLOTUS made their way to Windsor Castle for a meeting with Her Majesty the Queen. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Melania Trump Wears Dior to Meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle," 13 July 2018 The documents sat unnoticed until now, amid some confusion around making them public. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Jackie Kennedy’s Never-Before-Seen Packing List Reveals Heartbreaking Details of Her Final Trip with JFK," 9 July 2018 Now, amid tough economic times, three gubernatorial candidates—one Democrat and two Republicans—are challenging Gov. Bill Walker, an independent who is running for re-election. Kelsey Brugger, Scientific American, "Alaska Wants to Fight Warming While Still Drilling for Oil," 12 July 2018 Back in 2015, 97.5 The Fanatic host Mike Missanelli exchanged insults in a months-long back-and-forth with former 94.1 WIP host Josh Innes amid a tight ratings battle that eventually escalated into a heated confrontation at Eagles practice. Rob Tornoe, Philly.com, "'False on every level': WIP shoots back at Mike Missanelli," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of amid

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for amid

amid from Middle English amidde, from Old English onmiddan, from on + middan, dative of midde mid; amidst from Middle English amiddes, from amidde + -es -s

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The first known use of amid was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of amid

: in or into the middle of (something)

\ə-ˈmid \
variants: or amidst \-ˈmidst \

Kids Definition of amid

: in or into the middle of The champ advanced amid cheering crowds.

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