midst

noun \ ˈmidst , ˈmitst \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018
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

midst

preposition

Examples of midst in a Sentence

  1. The river passes through the midst of the city.

  2. a bustling city in the midst of the desert

  3. We are in the midst of a terrible war.

  4. They were in the midst of remodeling their house.

  5. The region is currently in the midst of a terrible drought.

  6. We never gave up hope in the midst of our troubles.

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Origin and Etymology of midst

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

midst Synonyms

Synonyms

center, core, middle, midpoint;

Antonyms

perimeter, periphery;

Related Words

inside, interior;



MIDST Defined for English Language Learners

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 Defined for Kids

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midst

noun \ ˈmidst \
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

2

midst

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


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