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

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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 Roy was among the seven Texas Republicans who voted to affirm Biden’s Electoral College victory on Jan. 6. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "No complaint from Texans on eve of Liz Cheney ouster, but Chip Roy says Stefanik is wrong replacement," 12 May 2021 The backlash against Cheney underscores the fealty to Trump among Republicans, particularly in the House, despite his role in inciting the Capitol riot and his recitation of baseless claims of election cheating. Alan Fram, ajc, "McCarthy sets Wednesday vote on Liz Cheney leadership ouster," 11 May 2021 Big technology companies were among the biggest decliners for a second straight day. BostonGlobe.com, "Stocks pull back on Wall Street as inflation concerns grow," 11 May 2021 Schedule time every day to conduct your own research and share credible articles and sources among your networks or via your own social profiles, specifically LinkedIn. Kara Dennison, Forbes, "How To Tap Into The Hidden Job Market By Pivoting Your Search From Traditional To Social," 11 May 2021 Here’s why Cuyahoga County is getting among the most. cleveland, "Ohio coronavirus deaths increase by just 13 in four days: Tuesday update," 11 May 2021 The six plea agreements in Mobile were among the 236 new official corruption prosecutions the Department of Justice showed for the first six months of the fiscal year. al, "$1 million COVID fraud case in Mobile part of nationwide rise in federal corruption cases," 11 May 2021 Snyder is the kind of action auteur whose sensibilities can start wars among viewers. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Army of the Dead Is a Tale of Two Zack Snyders," 11 May 2021 After months of tricky court battles and resistance from the county board of supervisors, the Maricopa County Superior Court ruled that the Senate could subpoena machines and ballots, among other things, as a part of its legislative power. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, "What you need to know about the GOP-led election audit in Arizona," 11 May 2021

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

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“Among.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/among. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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