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among

[uh-muhng]
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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.
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Origin of among

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 confusedamid amongamong between (see usage note at between)

Usage note

See between.
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Related Words

amidmidwithamidstbetwixtmutually

Examples from the Web for among

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Historical Examples

  • 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

amongst

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