\ 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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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 Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron joined a Christian school Friday in filing a federal lawsuit that seeks a statewide temporary restraining order against Gov. Andy Beshear's latest ban on in-person classes amid a surge in new COVID-19 cases. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Attorney General Daniel Cameron joins lawsuit against Beshear's COVID-19 school order," 20 Nov. 2020 Released on Thursday, the report casts doubt on government leaders' rationale for closing schools amid a surge in cases, and highlights the pandemic's economic and health consequences for children. Sam Dorman, Fox News, "UNICEF: 'No consistent association’ between school openings and COVID-19 infection rates," 19 Nov. 2020 Their decision to do so, amid a surge in cases across the country and North Texas, naturally attracts the question of whether too many fans are being allowed. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Tarrant County residents later diagnosed with COVID-19 attended Cowboys games at AT&T Stadium," 19 Nov. 2020 Maryland, Virginia and D.C. reported 5,077 new cases Thursday amid a national surge that has seen several states set records in recent days. Washington Post, "Pfizer to seek emergency authorization of its coronavirus vaccine Friday," 19 Nov. 2020 But his words come amid an alarming nationwide surge of COVID-19. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Fresno bishop urges Catholics not to ‘jump on the COVID-19 vaccine bandwagon’," 19 Nov. 2020 The second daily case record in three days comes amid a coronavirus surge in the country and across the state. Jacob Calvin Meyer, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County reports more than 100 daily coronavirus cases for first time as other numbers continue to worsen," 19 Nov. 2020 Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and hospital leaders are speaking Thursday to urge caution amid a COVID-19 surge that prompted the governor to announce new restrictions. CBS News, "Watch Live: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz urges caution after new COVID-19 restrictions announced," 19 Nov. 2020 As people consider Thanksgiving travel amid a fall surge in COVID-19 cases around the U.S., lines to get tests in some places have grown longer. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "I'm going to visit family for Thanksgiving. Should I get a COVID test before I go?," 19 Nov. 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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22 Nov 2020

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“Amid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amid. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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