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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 Rare but serious clotting issues surfaced in early March among some people in Europe who had received AstraZeneca’s shot. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, "AstraZeneca Struggles With Data Needed for Covid-19 Vaccine’s Approval," 29 Apr. 2021 Finally, there may be a lack of urgency among younger people, especially as hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have declined in recent months. David Hogberg, Washington Examiner, "COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy may be exaggerated," 29 Apr. 2021 Those infections could continue to spread among unvaccinated people with so much travel between the two states, health officials said. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 107,689 vaccine doses administered, 3,394 new cases and 38 deaths reported Thursday," 29 Apr. 2021 Since 1997, when Hong Kong was handed back to China from Britain, the Chinese identity Beijing had hoped to see flourish has largely failed to take hold, particularly among young people. Timothy Mclaughlin, The Atlantic, "The Jarring Reality Hong Kong’s Dissidents See From Jail," 29 Apr. 2021 Decker, the 16th pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and Frank Ragnow, the 20th pick in 2018, form the nucleus of a young Lions offensive line that ranks among the best in the NFL. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Taylor Decker wants Detroit Lions to 'take all the linemen' in 2021 NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2021 Census Bureau data also shows that homeownership rates are growing fastest among people under 44; the oldest people commonly considered millenials are turning or have turned 40 this year. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Chicken coops for everyone: A rural chain is thriving as millennials flee cities," 28 Apr. 2021 Researchers say other factors could lead to more infections among young people, such as India’s schools, which had started reopening in recent months after the country’s first wave., "India blames a virus variant as its COVID-19 crisis deepens," 28 Apr. 2021 According to Marr, outdoor masking among vaccinated people is still important in certain situations, such as standing in a big line or attending a sporting event. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "CDC Drops Some Outdoor Mask Advice for Vaccinated People, Based on This Science," 28 Apr. 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


\ 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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