\ 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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Recent Examples on the Web California's scorching temperatures come amid a drought in the Golden State. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 17 June 2021 The concerns also come amid a lack of public clinical data verifying manufacturers’ claims of effectiveness. Robert Hart, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The attacks come amid an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Kathleen Foody, Anchorage Daily News, 13 June 2021 The attacks come amid an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, 13 June 2021 The attacks come amid an easing of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Kathleen Foody, ajc, 13 June 2021 The attacks come amid an easing of pandemic restrictions in much of the country, including Chicago, which lifted many of its remaining safeguards on Friday. Kathleen Foody, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 The 2021 All-Star Game will come just after the two-year anniversary of Mullins’ demotion to Double-A amid his plummet after beginning the season as Hyde’s Opening Day leadoff hitter. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 12 June 2021 The hiring announcements come amid a labor shortage in which businesses can't hire workers quickly enough. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 June 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Amid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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