\ ə-ˈmid How to pronounce amid (audio) \
variants: or amidst \ ə-​ˈmidst How to pronounce amid (audio) , -​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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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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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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“Amid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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\ ə-ˈmid How to pronounce amid (audio) \
variants: or amidst \ -​ˈmidst \

Kids Definition of amid

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

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