\ 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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But Venezuela is not in the midst of war and many foreign governments are reluctant to recognize the migrants as refugees. Washington Post, "UN: Venezuelans now file 1 in 5 of all new asylum claims," 20 June 2019 The Grizzlies, meanwhile, are in the midst of a rebuild, and they're expected to draft another point guard — Murray State star Ja Morant — in Thursday's draft. Aj Neuharth-keusch, USA TODAY, "Report: Memphis Grizzlies star Mike Conley traded to Utah Jazz," 19 June 2019 Many of these shootings involve calls for help on behalf of someone in the midst of a crisis — drugs, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder or simple stresses of life. AZCentral.com, "Police shootings in Arizona," 19 June 2019 Some were shot in the midst of committing violent crimes. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Shot at their house: 3 men who died after confrontations with police," 19 June 2019 But free agency, introduced in the midst of the TV bonanza, improved everyone’s lot. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is in the midst of a 25-year infrastructure project to reduce sewage in Lake Erie by 4 billion gallons a year. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "How you can help clean the future of the Cuyahoga River: Cuyahoga50," 18 June 2019 Badgers United launched Monday to advocate for UW-Madison in the midst of a state budget process that has brought ups and downs for the University of Wisconsin System as a whole. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Culver, Selig, Morgridges among big names behind Badgers United advocacy group for UW-Madison," 17 June 2019 Swift, herself in a French fries costume, seeks Perry out in the midst of a joyous food fight. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Your Guide to the References in Taylor Swift's 'You Need to Calm Down' Music Video," 17 June 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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to take the place or position of

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