\ ə-ˈmid How to pronounce amid (audio) \
variants: or amidst \ ə-​ˈmidst How to pronounce amid (audio) , -​ˈmitst \

Essential Meaning of amid

: in or into the middle of (something) It was hard to hear amid all the cheering. The investigation comes amid growing concerns. See More ExamplesAmid such changes, one thing stayed the same. Amidst [=during] all the fighting there still remained a steady hope for peace. He managed to escape amid the confusion. There was a single dark bird amid a flock of white pigeons.Hide

Full 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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Millions of British students have returned to school following the Christmas and New Year holidays, amid a record surge in infections and hospitalizations. Rob Picheta, CNN, 12 Jan. 2022 Sundance, which pivoted to a wholly virtual lineup amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, will debut The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales from the directing team of Abigail E. Disney and Kathleen Hughes, and Phoenix Rising from director Amy Berg. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 After going virtual last year amid the pandemic, the SAG Awards are returning to an in-person event, though this year’s ceremony will be held in the spacious Santa Monica Barker Hangar and follow COVID safety protocols. Jordan Moreau, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 The Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge. Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Jan. 2022 Growing up in Mexia, Texas, amid the endless farmland that stretches between Dallas and Houston, Beachum didn’t have access to state-of-the-art technology. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 12 Jan. 2022 The Red Cross is urging people of all blood types, but especially Type O, to make an appointment to donate blood amid the worst national shortage in decades. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 The Biden administration is increasing federal support for COVID-19 testing for schools in a bid to keep them open amid the omicron surge. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2022 In the presence of the police, and amid lots of tears, the baby was finally returned to his relatives. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2022

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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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15 Jan 2022

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“Amid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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\ 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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