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Definition of mid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being the part in the middle or midst in mid ocean often used in combination mid-August
2 : occupying a middle position
3 of a vowel : articulated with the arch of the tongue midway between its highest and its lowest elevation

Definition of mid (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid

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Other Words from mid


mid adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for mid

Synonyms: Adjective

central, halfway, intermediary, intermediate, medial, median, mediate, medium, middle, midmost

Synonyms: Preposition

amid (or amidst), among (also amongst), midst, through

Antonyms: Adjective

extreme, farthest, farthermost, furthermost, furthest, outermost, outmost, remotest, utmost

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Examples of mid in a Sentence


the mid to late 1700s her mid molar will have to be extracted and replaced by a bridge


mid a tangle of weeds grew a perfect rose
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The tour, long known as the Web.com Tour until last month’s title sponsorship change, historically thrives in mid-size markets such as Boise, Idaho, Knoxville, Tenn., Wichita, Kan., and Omaha, Neb. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Golf tourney in which Stephen Curry played won’t return to Bay Area in ’20," 13 July 2019 The new Comfort tier of vehicles features mid-size cars, offers extra legroom and lets passengers request their ideal temperature. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Uber expands 'no talking' rides and launches helicopter service," 9 July 2019 Launched last year in New York and San Francisco, HQ by WeWork aims to lease entire floors to mid-size companies, putting the co-working firm in even more direct competition with traditional office landlords. BostonGlobe.com, "GE and unions for 6,600 workers reach a deal," 27 June 2019 Those who got left behind the first time — the University of Connecticut chief among them — were hopeful that mid-major purgatory wouldn’t last forever. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: UConn rejoining the Big East means the school has given up on football program," 22 June 2019 UConn would collect three more victories to win the title, the finale coming against a mid-major in Butler. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Feels like Aztecs-UConn as Kawhi Leonard tries for NBA title tonight," 13 June 2019 The company owns or leases 27 hospitals in 14 states, with facilities located in small and mid-size markets. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "Blue Island hospital operator says facility faces closure if no buyer is found," 11 June 2019 For now, the Weird Homes Tour is in mid-size cities — Detroit, Portland, New Orleans — but the tour will expand into larger cities like San Francisco next year. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "See inside Detroit's most eccentric houses on upcoming Weird Homes Tour," 5 June 2019 Both parcel carriers canceled their orders, however, and even the airfreight business has moved toward mid-size jets like the Boeing 767 that offer flexibility over scale. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: XPO’s Acquisition Shift; Amazon Drops Big Apple; Aviation’s Jumbo Reversal," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of mid


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mid


Middle English, from Old English midde; akin to Old High German mitti middle, Latin medius, Greek mesos

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

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English Language Learners Definition of mid

: in or near the middle of something


\ ˈmid How to pronounce mid (audio) \

Kids Definition of mid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: being the part in the middle mid-June

Kids Definition of mid (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid I hid mid the bushes.

Medical Definition of MID

minimal infectious dose; minimal infective dose

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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