\ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In September 2021, in the midst of the delta wave, the board convened to discuss, among other subjects, the state’s recent vaccine mandates for certain public-sector workers. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 May 2022 In the midst of these weighty religious themes, the exhibition does not neglect another important element of Donatello’s achievement, his wit. Cammy Brothers, WSJ, 7 May 2022 In the midst of tragedy, Townshend turned not only to music, but to other vices, namely alcohol. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 To be sure, even with the biggest interest rate hike since 2000 — when the U.S. was in the midst of the dot-com bubble — rates remain historically low. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 6 May 2022 Bikini Kill is in the midst of an extensive world tour that visits Austin tomorrow (May 7) and Sunday. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 6 May 2022 Ye and Kardashian have been in the midst of a contentious divorce since early 2021. Dennis Romero, NBC News, 6 May 2022 Their mix of experience and youth drew mention from Patriots director of player personnel Matt Groh in the midst of the draft. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 5 May 2022 Much of the album was created in the midst of a global pandemic. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Midst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/midst. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) \

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: The Cross of Lead

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