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

Stylist Jessica Mulroney, designer Misha Nonoo, and Suits costar Abigail Spencer were among those reportedly present at the baby shower today. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Reportedly Having a Second Baby Shower," 20 Feb. 2019 The shooting prompted confusion and anger among those who knew Roberson. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 To this day, the French Treasury books the debt every year, recording it in the public finances, somewhere among the billions of euros spent on hospitals and submarines. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Bond That’s Still Paying Interest, 280 Years Later," 6 Jan. 2019 Urban Decay has previously launched collaborations with Gwen Stefani, Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, Oz The Great and Powerful, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Pulp Fiction, among others. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Urban Decay x Game of Thrones Makeup Collection Is Coming," 22 Feb. 2019 During Wendy's absence, loyal watchers were left in the care of temporary celebrity hosts, including Nick Cannon, actress Keke Palmer, and comedian Sherri Shepherd, among others. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "We Finally Know When Wendy William Is Coming Back to Her Show," 21 Feb. 2019 Adwoa Aboah and Pixie Geldoff, among many others, removed their shoes in order to improve their luck at scoring goals on the Astroturf. Carmen Rosy Hall, Vogue, "Natalia Vodianova Puts the Fabulous in Her Fabulous Fund Fair With Vuitton, Dior, and Stella McCartney Goodies Up for Grabs," 20 Feb. 2019 Divide batter among muffin-pan cups (about 1/4 cup each) and bake until wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Desert Bloom Cupcakes," 15 Feb. 2019 The new round will have characters for prosthetic arms and legs, wheelchairs, and hearing aids, among others. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "These New 2019 Emojis Are Super Inclusive and Your Group Text Will Appreciate It," 6 Feb. 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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