\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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This comes amid increasing discussion of Bitcoin's environmental cost. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Bitcoin Plunges to a Year-Long Low," 20 Nov. 2018 That criticism has only intensified amid reports that Foxconn would transfer some of its Chinese workforce to work in the factory. Russell Brandom, The Verge, "What a new governor means for Wisconsin’s controversial Foxconn factory," 7 Nov. 2018 Disney previously had allowed visitors with disabilities to go to the front of the line but changed the program in 2013 amid reports of abuse by people without disabilities. Fox News, "30 lawsuits against Disney Resorts from autistic visitors move forward," 2 Oct. 2018 The home-sharing company has been without a chief financial officer since February, when Laurence Tosi departed amid tensions and a shakeup in the senior ranks. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Google spends $1 billion on a 52-acre office park in space-constrained Silicon Valley," 27 Nov. 2018 Democracy Facebook published the details of 13 national security letters, Zack Whittaker reports, amid growing demand from the US government for user data. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How Facebook’s crisis PR firm triggered a PR crisis," 17 Nov. 2018 Dowd resigned as Trump's lead lawyer weeks later amid a dispute over how to answer Mueller's request for a presidential interview. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Mueller told Trump legal team a presidential subpoena could be possible, ex-attorney says," 2 Oct. 2018 In practice, the macroeconomic effects of any carbon tax are likely to be lost amid larger demographic and economic trends. David Roberts, Vox, "The 5 most important questions about carbon taxes, answered," 20 July 2018 Martin Shkreli’s former pharmaceutical company lost more than $1 million in the first quarter of 2018 amid waning sales of the drug made famous by Shkreli’s more than 5,000-percent price increase. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The 5,000% price hike that made Martin Shkreli infamous is no longer paying off," 19 July 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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