midst

noun
\ 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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Other Words from midst

midst preposition

Synonyms & Antonyms for midst

Synonyms

center, core, middle, midpoint

Antonyms

perimeter, periphery

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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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The two cautionary tales: 1931, in the midst of the Great Depression, and 1987, the year known for Black Monday. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "History Shows Rebound May Have More Legs as Dow Extends Rally," 22 Feb. 2019 For now, Sworsky manages her hemp oil business by setting aside time in the evenings — in the midst of dinner, baths and bedtime — to log on to her Facebook page. Kate Thayer, The Seattle Times, "Move over, jewelry and leggings. Selling CBD oil is the new side hustle for moms," 29 Jan. 2019 Roberson’s death occurred in the midst of an ongoing national conversation about racial disparities in police violence and the dangers black gun owners face when interacting with police. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 In all, three dozen DeLoreans are scattered in and out of Wynne’s DMC headquarters, all in the midst of being repaired and restored to their former glory. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean," 18 Jan. 2019 Saban and Alabama are already in the midst of the most impressive run in the college football history, with five national championships since 2009. Ralph D. Russo, The Seattle Times, "Alabama-Clemson IV: Can Saban’s dynasty reach new heights?," 7 Jan. 2019 In the midst of all the Golden Globes action tonight, HBO released a sneak peek of its TV shows returning in 2019. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meryl Streep Makes Her ‘Big Little Lies’ Debut in New Season 2 Trailer," 7 Jan. 2019 In the midst of alleged truce violations on both sides, U.N. monitors arrived in Yemen in the past week to try to keep the deal in place before a new round of talks planned for January. Dion Nissenbaum, WSJ, "Mattis, U.S. Commander Sought to Temper Saudi-Led War in Yemen," 31 Dec. 2018 And in the midst of the national trauma that was the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, people held #BelieveSurvivors walkouts to show support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018

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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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midst

noun

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

midst

noun
\ 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

midst

preposition

Kids Definition of midst (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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