\ 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


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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Amazon to close restaurant delivery business Amazon is closing its US restaurant delivery service, a 4-year-old business that failed to take off amid fierce competition from Uber Eats, Door Dash, and others. BostonGlobe.com, "Amazon to shutdown US restaurant delivery service," 12 June 2019 The latest Democratic moves take place amid the backdrop of rising caucus divisions over the presidential impeachment process itself. NBC News, "Congress this week: John Dean, subpoena vote, rare open counter-intelligence hearing," 10 June 2019 Taiwan, which split from China amid civil war in 1949, has had no formal diplomatic ties with the U.S. since Washington recognized Beijing in 1979. CBS News, "U.S. arms sale request from Taiwan draws warning of "serious harm" from China," 6 June 2019 But a new round of tariffs from the U.S. and China amid a trade war also could hit consumers in the wallet, economists say. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Gas prices and tariffs: Why gas dropping under $2 a gallon might cost you," 5 June 2019 Season five of Outlander takes place in the 1770s, amid the beginnings of the American revolution, but off-screen, some of the show's actors are better fit to live in the past than others. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Sophie Skelton and Richard Rankin Weigh in on Which Cast Members Could Survive in," 3 June 2019 The exact start date for the new technology board remains unknown, and could be affected by the ructions in China’s stock market amid the trade war with the U.S. Bloomberg.com, "China's New Nasdaq Is Only Taking Profitable Firms for Now," 27 May 2019 The announcement comes amid an escalating trade war between the two countries. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "China warns travelers of harassment by United States authorities," 23 May 2019 The new portraits, released by Kensington Palace on Sunday, were taken amid the flora at the Royal Horticultural Society's Chelsea Flower Show, which kicks off this week. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "These New Pictures of Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis Will Make Your Heart Melt," 19 May 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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