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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
a•mong /əˈmʌŋ/USA pronunciation
prep. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
- in, into, or through the midst or middle of:She was among friends.
- in the midst of, so as to influence: He did missionary work among the local people.
- with a share for each of:Divide the fruit among you.
- in the class or group of; one of: That is among the things we must do. New York is among the most exciting cities in the world.
- with most or many of: He was a candidate popular among the people.
- by the joint or reciprocal action of:They quarreled among themselves.
- familiar to or characteristic of: a proverb among the Spanish people.
(ə mung′), prep.
- in, into, or through the midst of;
in association or connection with;
surrounded by:He was among friends.
- in the midst of, so as to influence:missionary work among the local people.
- with a share for each of:Divide the cigars among you.
- in the number, class, or group of; of or out of:That is among the things we must do.
- by all or with the whole of;
by most or with many of:popular among the people.
- by the joint or reciprocal action of:Settle it among yourselves.
- each with the other; mutually:They quarreled among themselves.
- familiar to or characteristic of:a proverb among the Spanish.
Etymology:bef. 1000; Middle English;
Among and between suggest a relationship that is not necessarily physical:among the crowd;
Old English amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dative of gemong crowd, akin to mengan to mix) in (the) group (of );
akin to mingle
between two pillars;
They don't have much sense among them. Between you and me, I don't like any of them.Amid, a more literary word, implies being in the middle of a place or surrounded by something:to stand amid ruins.
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among /əˈmʌŋ/, amongst prep
Etymology: Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrelUSAGE
- in the midst of: he lived among the Indians
- to each of: divide the reward among yourselves
- in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers
- taken out of (a group): he is only one among many
- with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees, decide it among yourselves
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