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

According to opinion polls by YouGov, the number of Brits who think the climate is among the top three most pressing issues the country is facing has been growing steadily. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "What would life be like in a zero-carbon country?," 16 June 2019 Our bodies all react differently to various foods, dietary cholesterol among them. Christine Byrne, Outside Online, "Are Eggs Bad for You? The Verdict Is Still Out.," 15 June 2019 The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders Is Leaving The White House. Here Are The Worst Lies She's Told.," 15 June 2019 Foremost among them is that the post now will take half of the total jackpot — now at $3.4 million — rather than 40 percent as before. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Fortune-seekers buying their tickets as McHenry Queen of Hearts raffle resumes with new rules and $1.7 million prize," 15 June 2019 Not least among them: the U.S. military and other federal agencies, which surely could make more efficient use of their airwave holdings if given a financial incentive to do so. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How Government Can Get Brave About Spectrum," 14 June 2019 King trumpets, encased in glass, float above the bar, where a long row of taps supplies beer, sake, French wine, and premade cocktails—among them a tarragon margarita and a cherry-blossom Manhattan, well priced but accordingly watered down. Jessica Henderson, The New Yorker, "Maison Yaki’s Cheeky French-Japanese Fusion," 14 June 2019 Workers were kicked and beaten, among them a Ukrainian woman who also cleaned in the Reimanns’ private villa. Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Nazis Killed Her Father. Then She Fell in Love With One.," 14 June 2019 In his culture, ancestral spirits were always among us, not relegated to some distant afterlife. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "What I’ve Learned About Style From My Nigerian Father," 14 June 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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