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amid

[ uh-mid ]
/ əˈmɪd /
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preposition
in the middle of; surrounded by; among: to stand weeping amid the ruins.
during; in or throughout the course of.
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Also amidst.

Origin of amid

before 1000; Middle English amidde, Old English amiddan, for on middan “in (the) middle.” See a-1, mid1

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH amid

amid , among

Other definitions for amid (2 of 2)

amid-

variant of amido- before a vowel: amidase.

Origin of amid-

First recorded in 1870–75
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AMID VS. AMIDST

What’s the difference between amid and amidst?

Amid and amidst mean the same thing: in the middle of or during.

This can apply to spaces (as in I found my keys amid/amidst all of my other stuff) or situations (as in It was hard to concentrate amid/amidst all the chaos).

Amid is the older and original form of the word. The -st ending (which is the same one found in other words like whilst and against) does not change the meaning.  The same thing applies to among and amongst (which can mean the same thing as amid and amidst).

Contrary to popular misconceptions, amidst is not the British English version of amid. Although amid and amidst are completely interchangeable, amid is more commonly used.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between amid and amidst, including how amidst got that -st.

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Amidst should only be used in very formal contexts.

How to use amid in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for amid

amid

amidst

/ (əˈmɪd) /

preposition
in the middle of; among

Word Origin for amid

Old English on middan in the middle; see mid 1
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