\ 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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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 Trump administration officials have been considering cutting off aid to the new government amid concerns about Hezbollah’s influence, according to U.S. officials. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "U.S. Withholds Support for New Lebanon Government," 22 Jan. 2020 McKibben resigned abruptly in August amid conflict-of-interest concerns. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland Coliseum naming rights deal rescinded amid conflict-of-interest scandal," 17 Jan. 2020 In addition to focusing on ways states like Ohio are preparing to deal with high voter turnout, the conference also discussed ways to ensure election security amid concerns about domestic and foreign interference. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "As Ohio prepares for record 2020 election turnout, Frank LaRose wants state to pay postage for voters mail-in ballots," 14 Jan. 2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Moscow on Saturday to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin amid growing tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere. CBS News, "Iran denies shooting at crowds protesting after plane was shot down," 13 Jan. 2020 But a few cities, including San Francisco, have barred law enforcement from using the tool, amid concerns about privacy and false matches. New York Times, "How the Police Use Facial Recognition, and Where It Falls Short," 12 Jan. 2020 The resolution was introduced and passed amid concerns about escalating tensions following last week's U.S. drone strike in Iraq that was ordered by Trump and killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, a top Iranian general. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "A Kentucky Republican breaks ranks on Iran war powers resolution vote," 10 Jan. 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Assad in Syria on Tuesday amid the tensions between Washington and Tehran. Dallas News, "Iran strikes back at U.S. with missile attack at two bases in Iraq," 8 Jan. 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Assad in Syria on Tuesday amid the tensions between Washington and Tehran. Time, "President Trump Says 'All Is Well' After Iran Fires Missiles at Iraq Bases," 8 Jan. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 28 January 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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