\ 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 While law enforcement was in the midst of the investigation, AL.com discovered that MPD had also been overcharging drivers outside of city laws. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Alabama Supreme Court intervenes in Mobile tow truck controversy," 4 Dec. 2019 In the midst of the international outcry over the Amazon fires in August, Bolsonaro accused the head of the international space agency, Ricardo Galvão, of manipulating satellite data on deforestation in order to undermine his administration. Washington Post, "Bolsonaro vs NGOs: Amazon town becomes ground zero for spat," 4 Dec. 2019 Argentina’s peso has weakened with the country in the midst of an economic crisis. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump, in a message on Twitter, accused Brazil and Argentina of manipulating their currencies and hurting American farmers. “Therefore, effective immediately, I will restore the Tariffs on all Steel & Aluminum that is shipped into the US from those countries.”," 3 Dec. 2019 How, in the midst of all this, does a pregnant woman willingly start taking a drug? Glamour, "The Stigma of Being a Medicated Mom," 3 Dec. 2019 In the midst of a franchise-long home stand, the Panthers have a prime opportunity to improve their position in the standings. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "As Sergei Bobrovsky sits for second straight game, coach Joel Quenneville says Panthers’ goalie ‘handling it well’," 3 Dec. 2019 In the midst of the back-and-forth legal battles, Bolles and Johnson traveled to Washington, D.C., in May 1972 to appear before a congressional committee. AZCentral.com, "The story that haunted Don Bolles isn't the story most people think they know," 3 Dec. 2019 Green was in the midst of a fifth straight West Division championship run, but the three-time All-Star and three-time NBA champ still took time to check in with the Spartans before that game. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan State's Tom Izzo calls Xavier Tillman 'my new Draymond Green'," 3 Dec. 2019 In the midst of their best season in over a decade, the Trojans will host Cheshire in the first round of the Class LL tournament after beating Avon. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Stafford co-op enters final high school football area rankings of the regular season after clinching playoff spot in final week," 2 Dec. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Midst.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midst. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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to constrict the range or activity of

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