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among

[uh-muhng] /əˈmʌŋ/
preposition
1.
in, into, or through the midst of; in association or connection with; surrounded by:
He was among friends.
2.
in the midst of, so as to influence:
missionary work among the local people.
3.
with a share for each of:
Divide the cigars among you.
4.
in the number, class, or group of; of or out of:
That is among the things we must do.
5.
by all or with the whole of; by most or with many of:
popular among the people.
6.
by the joint or reciprocal action of:
Settle it among yourselves.
7.
each with the other; mutually:
They quarreled among themselves.
8.
familiar to or characteristic of:
a proverb among the Spanish.
Origin of among
1000
before 1000; Middle English, Old English amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dative singular of gemong “crowd,” akin to mengan “to mix”) “in (the) group (of)”; akin to mingle
Can be confused
amid, among.
among, between (see usage note at between)
Usage note
See between.
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  • Who among you ever received an injury from that kind old man?

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • among the passengers was a stout, good-looking man, a New York merchant.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • But among the veteran speculators the feeling was conservative.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • You may be almost the first girl to apply, or you may be among the latest, but not the too latest.

  • among his friends his speech was anticipated with lively interest.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
British Dictionary definitions for among

among

/əˈmʌŋ/
preposition
1.
in the midst of: he lived among the Indians
2.
to each of: divide the reward among yourselves
3.
in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers
4.
taken out of (a group): he is only one among many
5.
with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees, decide it among yourselves
Word Origin
Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrel
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Word Origin and History for among
prep.

early 12c., from Old English onmang, from phrase on gemang "in a crowd," from gemengan "to mingle" (see mingle). Collective prefix ge- dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Cf. Old Saxon angimang "among, amid;" Old Frisian mong "among."

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