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

Synonyms

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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The city, situated amid forestland that offered a healthy supply of timber, saw its first surge of furniture-making in the 17th century, when English makers settled there and continued their craft in a new homeland. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Tiny North Carolina Town You've Never Heard of Makes Most of America's Furniture," 27 Mar. 2019 Venture capitalists are now eager to cash out of their investments amid a strong stock market, but mom-and-pop investors who own index funds will also receive dividends from this successful example of deregulation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Startups Grow Up," 22 Feb. 2019 The report, which came amid growing concerns about the way that social networks can incite violence, contained some of the most grave charges leveled against Facebook to date. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Federal and state highway officials are warning drivers to be more cautious amid a troubling and unexplained rise this year in the number of state troopers struck and killed while going about their duties outside their vehicles. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Highway Officials Warn of Spike in Motorists Hitting, Killing State Troopers," 1 Apr. 2019 In the late summer of 2017, a ship from the Netherlands arrived at the port of Houston amid the chaos of Hurricane Harvey. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019 Trump’s legal team has been in flux over the last several months, amid John Dowd’s resignation. John Roberts, Fox News, "Ty Cobb to leave Trump's legal team, be replaced by Clinton impeachment lawyer," 2 Oct. 2018 The latest round of company earnings showed solid profit growth for the final three months of 2018, but caution about conditions going forward amid signs of a weaker global economy this year. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "US stocks edge higher in early trading, extending gains," 20 Feb. 2019 The fresh trans-Atlantic tensions over Iran came amid the first signs of a tougher European approach to Iran in recent weeks. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Pence’s Calls to Pressure Iran Fall on Deaf Ears in Europe," 17 Feb. 2019

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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 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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