among

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

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Synonyms for among

Synonyms

amid (or amidst), mid, midst, through

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

The Swiss proposal, among other things, requires regular training on the use of firearms, special waivers to own some semi-automatic weapons and serial number tracking system for key parts of some guns. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU," 20 May 2019 Daniel Martin and fellow actress Janina Gavankar about the duchess's parenting style, among other things. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Here's What Meghan Markle's Friends Think She'll Be Like as a Mom," 18 May 2019 Ramadan is a month-long holy period in which those observing abstain from the consumption of food and water (among other things) from sunrise to sunset. Nadra Widatalla, Teen Vogue, "Why Ramadan Is Important to Me in an Islamophobic America," 7 May 2019 Instead, the band said Drake, Miguel, Justin Bieber, and Kehlani, among others. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Signs That BTS and The Jonas Brothers are Working on a Collab Together," 2 May 2019 For Tensho Takemori, the project architect, the Meeting House is unique among Gehry’s works not just for its scale but for the monolithic nature of its roof. David Netto, Town & Country, "Frank Gehry Built a Tiny House for Michael Eisner," 19 Mar. 2019 Acosta, who helped Epstein serve his time in an office rather than a prison cell — and measure it in months, not years — oversees Trump’s Labor Department, which is responsible for, among other things, preventing human trafficking. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender who is friends with Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, explained," 22 Feb. 2019 Islamic State still maintains a presence in various pockets on both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi border, taking advantage of lack of coordination among the various forces in the area to hide and regroup. Nabih Bulos, The Seattle Times, "Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals, is barely functional," 28 Jan. 2019 Michele found inspiration for the collection in the screen sirens of the bygone Hollywood era (Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo among them), but sought to reimagine their striking beauty for a modern age. Vogue, "Gucci’s Debut Beauty Collection—and Its Main Face, Punk Singer Dani Miller—Encourages the Celebration of Imperfections," 5 May 2019

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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

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among

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of among

: in or through (a group of people or things)
: in the presence of (a group of people)
used to talk about the opinions, feelings, etc., of a group of people

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.

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