\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) , ˈmitst \

Definition of midst

1 : the interior or central part or point : middle in the midst of the forest
2 : a position of proximity to the members of a group a traitor in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded or beset in the midst of his troubles
4 : a period of time about the middle of a continuing act or condition in the midst of a meal

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midst preposition

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Examples of midst in a Sentence

The river passes through the midst of the city. a bustling city in the midst of the desert We are in the midst of a terrible war. They were in the midst of remodeling their house. The region is currently in the midst of a terrible drought. We never gave up hope in the midst of our troubles.
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Recent Examples on the Web Marching Blazers Demonstrators who gathered in Southeast Portland on June 4 to protest the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis had one of Portland’s most popular figures in their midst. oregonlive, "From coronavirus to Sabrina Ionescu to an unnamed Oregon-Oregon State football game: The top sports stories of 2020," 26 Dec. 2020 Some people don’t want to believe there are monsters in our midst, either. Gregg Doyel, The Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: The world has changed, but not that much," 14 Dec. 2020 But there are one or two imposters in your midst who are trying to go around and assassinate everybody on the ship. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Long-distance activities for families, friends to try during socially-distanced holiday season," 12 Dec. 2020 In the halls of Parliament, other politicians weren't paying attention to the groundbreaking legal agreement being negotiated in their midst, Finlayson remembers. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "This river in New Zealand is legally a person. Here's how it happened," 11 Dec. 2020 Yet Democrats, from standard-bearer Joe Biden on down, lacked the fortitude to condemn the iconoclasts in their midst. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Our Eroding Political Norms," 3 Dec. 2020 Although temptation may be in your midst or you might be frustrated with family members, don’t resort to old coping mechanisms or argument cycles. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for November 26, 2020," 26 Nov. 2020 The surrounding community of Raleigh-Durham, N.C. was protected from 17 infected students — nine of them entirely free of symptoms — who arrived in their midst from far-flung homes. Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, "Duke University schools the country on how to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic," 21 Nov. 2020 The same election also chose the seven-member city council, who subsequently selected attorney Leopold David from their midst as Anchorage’s first mayor. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "1920 was the year Anchorage voted to became a self-governing town. Not everyone was happy about it.," 15 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of midst

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for midst

Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid

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The first known use of midst was in the 15th century

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Midst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midst. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce midst (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of midst

: the middle area or part of something
: the period of time when something is happening or being done
used to say that someone is among the people in a group


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Kids Definition of midst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the middle or central part in the midst of the forest
2 : a position among the members of a group a stranger in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded in the midst of dangers

Kids Definition of midst (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid Midst the swarm of people, mangy dogs wandered.— Avi, Crispin

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