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[ uh-muhng ]
/ əˈmʌŋ /
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Origin of among

First recorded 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

words often confused with among

See between.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH among

1. amid, among 2. among , between (see confusables note at between)
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How to use among in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for among

among

amongst

/ (əˈmʌŋ) /

preposition
in the midst ofhe lived among the Indians
to each ofdivide the reward among yourselves
in the group, class, or number ofranked 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 ofa lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves

Word Origin for among

Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrel

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