among


among
a|mong
W1S1 [əˈmʌŋ] prep also a|mongst [əˈmʌŋst]
[: Old English; Origin: on gemonge, from on + gemong 'crowd']
1.) in or through the middle of a group of people or things
The girl quickly disappeared among the crowd.
I could hear voices coming from somewhere among the bushes.
We walked among the chestnut woods on the mountain slopes.
She began rummaging among the books on her desk.
→↑between
2.) with a particular group of people
Jim relaxed, knowing he was among friends .
3.) used to say that many people in a group have the same feeling or opinion, or that something affects many people in a group
The problem is causing widespread concern among scientists.
The general opinion among police officers was that the law should be tightened.
The changes will mean 7,000 job losses among railway workers.
4.) used to talk about a particular person, thing, or group as belonging to a larger group
She was the eldest among them.
Innocent civilians were among the casualties.
My grandfather had among his possessions a portrait by Matisse.
Representatives were chosen by the students from among themselves.
5.) among other things/places/factors etc
used to say that you are only mentioning one or two people or things out of a much larger group
At the meeting they discussed, among other things, recent events in Japan.
6.) if something is divided or shared among a group of people, each person is given a part of it
A father's property was divided among his heirs.
7.) among yourselves/ourselves/themselves
with each other
The allies found it hard to agree among themselves.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • among — among, amongst 1. Among is now roughly ten times more common than amongst. It is the oldest form, which gave rise to the by forms amonges (14c, no longer in use) and among(e)st (16c). There is no demonstrable difference of meaning between the two …   Modern English usage

  • among — [ə muŋ′] prep. [ME < OE on gemang, in the company (of) < on, in + gemang, a mingling, crowd < gemengan, MINGLE] 1. in the company of; surrounded by; included with a group of [you are among friends] 2. from place to place in [he passed… …   English World dictionary

  • Among — A*mong , Amongst A*mongst , prep. [OE. amongist, amonges, amonge, among, AS. onmang, ongemang, gemang, in a crowd or mixture. For the ending st see {Amidst}. See {Mingle}.] 1. Mixed or mingled; surrounded by. [1913 Webster] They heard, And from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • among — (prep.) early 12c., from O.E. onmang, from phrase on gemang in a crowd, from gemengan to mingle (see MINGLE (Cf. mingle)). Collective prefix ge dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Cf. O.S. angimang among, amid; O.Fris. mong among …   Etymology dictionary

  • among — [prep1] in the middle of; between amid, amidst, betwixt, encompassed by, in dispersion through, in the midst of, in the thick of, mid, surrounded by, with; concept 586 Ant. away from, outside, separate among [prep2] in a group by all of, by the… …   New thesaurus

  • among — adverb amid, amidst, between, in the middle of, parenthetically Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • among — *between …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • among — (chiefly Brit. also amongst) ► PREPOSITION 1) surrounded by; in the middle of. 2) included or occurring in. 3) shared by; between. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • among — [[t]əmʌ̱ŋ[/t]] ♦ (The form amongst is also used, but is more literary.) 1) PREP Someone or something that is situated or moving among a group of things or people is surrounded by them. ...youths in their late teens sitting among adults... They… …   English dictionary

  • among — a|mong [ ə mʌŋ ] preposition *** 1. ) included in a larger group a ) used for saying that someone or something is included in a particular group of people or things: His family connections helped ensure his position among the elite. from among… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • among */*/*/ — UK [əˈmʌŋ] / US preposition 1) included in a larger group a) used for saying that someone or something is included in a particular group of people or things His family connections helped ensure his position among the elite. from among (= from a… …   English dictionary


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