\ 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 2018, amid an ongoing affordable housing, prefab manufacturer LivingHomes dove deeper into accessory dwelling units (ADUs), introducing compact designs that can act as a spare room in the backyard or a standalone tiny home. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Electric candles help light the way, while metallic ornaments and ribbons in neutral hues (avoid red, green or silver) placed amid the greenery are a sleek, stylish detail. ELLE Decor, "This Holiday Party Is Anything But Traditional—And We're Obsessed," 30 Nov. 2018 The goal of the laser-telescope rig is the creation of an energy beam, meant to stand out amid all of the excess noise in the solar system. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Firing a Giant Laser Into Space Could Help Find Aliens, MIT Scientist Says," 7 Nov. 2018 According to the White House’s medical staff, Trump was the first president to undergo such cognitive testing, which was done at his own request amid all of the media attention. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "News of Trump passing cognitive test may make it harder to detect dementia," 16 July 2018 But Truaxe has been vocal about the alleged strife facing the company, even amid wait lists in the thousands and glowing product reviews. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Deciem's Founder Says the Skin-Care Brand Is Temporarily Shutting Down," 8 Oct. 2018 Pompeo’s trip comes amid a rapidly moving diplomatic situation in the Korean Peninsula. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Pompeo arrives in North Korea to prepare for meeting with Kim Jong Un," 2 Oct. 2018 Which is probably why, amid the thousands of inky hair colors on my Instagram feed, hairstylist Chris Weber’s photo stood out to me. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "‘Vanilla Lilac’ Hair Is Fall’s Newest Shade You’ll Actually Love," 25 Sep. 2018 This comes amid increasing discussion of Bitcoin's environmental cost. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bitcoin Plunges to a Year-Long Low," 20 Nov. 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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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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