\ 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


center, core, middle, midpoint


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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In the midst of fighting a very public battle to keep the clinic in operation, McNicholas told CBS News that she was advised to increase the security protocols at her home. Kate Smith, CBS News, "Violence against abortion clinics hit a record high last year. Doctors say it's getting worse.," 17 Sep. 2019 Almost four years later, the redshirt senior is in the midst of the best stretch of his career. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "4 years after devastating injury nearly ended his career, Jeremiah Dinson is better than ever," 16 Sep. 2019 The Brewers are in the midst of playing 18 games without a day off, and the bullpen isn’t nearly as deep or talented as the ’18 group. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Don't look now but Brewers manager Craig Counsell is 'bullpening' games again this September," 13 Sep. 2019 In the midst of his increasing involvement with the growing movement, Elliott heard the persistent call of the Lord to preach. Pat Mcdonogh, The Courier-Journal, "'We didn't have nobody but God': Louisville pastor reflects on the civil rights movement," 12 Sep. 2019 Earlier this year, in the midst of a court case over a Chandler family whose children had been taken by the state, a judge issued an unusual set of orders and a ruling. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 In addition to the work at Fort Greely, the Missile Defense Agency is in the midst of spending another $325 million over six years at Clear Air Force Station just south of Fairbanks. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan seeks answers on plans for Alaska-based missile defense systems," 12 Sep. 2019 The outfielder was in the midst of his best major league season, slashing .262/.314/.513 with 30 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 87 games while providing elite defense in center field. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins’ Byron Buxton undergoes season-ending surgery," 10 Sep. 2019 The loss continued a sudden and unforeseen skid for the Diamondbacks, a team that just days ago seemingly could do no wrong but now finds itself in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Robbie Ray succumbs to blister problems as Diamondbacks drop third-straight to Mets," 11 Sep. 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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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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