among

preposition
\ ə-ˈməŋ How to pronounce among (audio) \
variants: or less commonly amongst \ ə-​ˈməŋ(k)st How to pronounce among (audio) \

Definition of among

1 : in or through the midst of : surrounded by hidden among the trees
2 : in company or association with living among artists
3 : by or through the aggregate of discontent among the poor
4 : in the number or class of wittiest among poets among other things she was president of her college class
5 : in shares to each of divided among the heirs
6a : through the reciprocal acts of quarreling among themselves
b : through the joint action of made a fortune among themselves

Synonyms for among

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Between vs. Among: Usage Guide

There is a persistent but unfounded notion that between can be used only of two items and that among must be used for more than two. Between has been used of more than two since Old English; it is especially appropriate to denote a one-to-one relationship, regardless of the number of items. It can be used when the number is unspecified economic cooperation between nations , when more than two are enumerated between you and me and the lamppost partitioned between Austria, Prussia, and Russia — Nathaniel Benchley , and even when only one item is mentioned (but repetition is implied). pausing between every sentence to rap the floor — George Eliot Among is more appropriate where the emphasis is on distribution rather than individual relationships. discontent among the peasants When among is automatically chosen for more than two, English idiom may be strained. a worthy book that nevertheless falls among many stools — John Simon the author alternates among mod slang, clichés and quotes from literary giants — A. H. Johnston

Examples of among in a Sentence

The disease spread quickly among the members of the community. The house is nestled among the trees. The ball was hidden among the leaves. There were ducks among the geese. There were several hecklers scattered among the crowd. He lived among artists and writers. The people of the town were frightened to think that a killer might be living among them. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The project proposes to improve access to and use of internet services among Pima and Maricopa tribal members in Pinal and Maricopa counties. Arlyssa D. Becenti, The Arizona Republic, 11 May 2022 The map helps dictate power and influence on the council and an agreement among the council members means a decision about the ward boundaries will not go to voters at the end of June. John Byrne, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 As his assistants toil nearby, Pesce discusses, among other things, why that which separates us keeps us together. New York Times, 10 May 2022 Frustration with Covid lockdowns has receded, but anger over the state’s myriad other problems—crime, homelessness, lousy schools, high energy and housing costs and electricity blackouts, among other things—hasn’t waned. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 9 May 2022 What’s On Netflix has published an analysis of Netflix movies in the US — which found, among other things, that back in May 2015 there were 4,751 movies (again, in the US) available to stream. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 May 2022 Lee, at 75, is among the younger members of the group. Tal Kopan, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2022 Creating an active community on Discord may present certain challenges, but the platform allows for votes, announcements and lively discussions among members. Sundance Monty Brennan, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Last month, the company announced a deal with Microsoft to help secure its supply chain by, among other things, using automation to speed up operations and replicate the company’s facilities online. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 6 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'among.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of among

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for among

among from Middle English, from Old English on gemonge, from on + gemonge, dative of gemong crowd, from ge- (associative prefix) + -mong (akin to Old English mengan to mix); amongst from Middle English amonges, from among + -es -s — more at co-, mingle

Learn More About among

Time Traveler for among

Time Traveler

The first known use of among was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near among

amomum

among

among friends

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for among

Last Updated

14 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Among.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/among. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for among

among

preposition
\ ə-ˈməŋ How to pronounce among (audio) \
variants: also amongst \ -​ˈməŋst \

Kids Definition of among

1 : in or through the middle of My ball landed among the trees. Disease spread among members of the class.
2 : in the presence of : with You're among friends.
3 : through all or most of There is discontent amongst voters.
4 : in shares to each of The candy was divided among the friends.
5 : in the number or group of being considered or compared among the best He was among her biggest fans.

More from Merriam-Webster on among

Nglish: Translation of among for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of among for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!