[ uh-muhng ]
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  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.

  1. with a share for each of: Divide the cigars among you.

  2. in the number, class, or group of; of or out of: That is among the things we must do.

  3. by all or with the whole of; by most or with many of: popular among the people.

  4. by the joint or reciprocal action of: Settle it among yourselves.

  5. each with the other; mutually: They quarreled among themselves.

  6. familiar to or characteristic of: a proverb among the Spanish.

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

confusables note For among

See between.

Words that may be confused with among

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How to use among in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for among



/ (əˈmʌŋ) /

  1. in the midst of: he lived among the Indians

  2. to each of: divide the reward among yourselves

  1. in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers

  2. taken out of (a group): he is only one among many

  3. with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves

Origin of among

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


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