\ ə-ˈmid How to pronounce amid (audio) \
variants: or amidst \ ə-​ˈmidst How to pronounce amidst (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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Recent Examples on the Web And that’s just one change, as workplaces reopen across Northeast Ohio amid the threat of the coronavirus. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "How offices are returning to work safely during coronavirus: Top Workplaces 2020," 28 June 2020 With the Fed considering a new monetary policy tool to help hold interest rates low amid the severe downturn, clues to the tactic’s effectiveness can be found in one advanced economy far away. James Glynn, WSJ, "Fed Looks Down Under for Rate Strategy," 28 June 2020 Australia’s Victoria state will mandate coronavirus testing for returning travelers amid an uptick in cases, some of unknown origin. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Live updates: Arizona, Florida, Texas are latest coronavirus epicenters," 28 June 2020 More Florida beaches will be closing again to avoid further spread of the new coronavirus as officials tried tamping down on large gatherings amid a spike in COVID-19 cases. Fox News, "Amid coronavirus pandemic, pediatrics group urges 'goal' of students 'physically present in school' this fall," 28 June 2020 The global recession is worse than experts predicted, and the US economy has struggled amid trade fights. CNN, "Start your week smart: Stonewall, Supreme Court, NAFTA, joblessness, coronavirus," 28 June 2020 Still, amid rising public discontent, officials are pulling out all the stops to ensure a high turnout in a vote Putin wasn’t obliged to call. Ilya Arkhipov, Fortune, "With approval ratings at an all-time low, Putin is making moves to stay in power until he’s 83," 28 June 2020 The Motown Museum is one of several blue-chip cultural sites easing into reopening amid ongoing consultation and idea-swapping with health experts, government officials and fellow institutions. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "'A ray of hope': Motown Museum to reopen July 15, four months after the pandemic hit," 28 June 2020 Tyler, who finished his first-grade year at home like the rest of his Howard Elementary School classmates amid Oregon’s statewide school closure, didn’t thrive while learning from a distance. oregonlive, "In Medford, summer school expands after vulnerable students struggle with distance learning," 28 June 2020

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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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“Amid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of amid

: in or into the middle of (something)
\ 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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