among


among
also a.mongst preposition
1 in the middle of: The girl quickly disappeared among the crowd. | I could hear voices coming from somewhere among the bushes.
-see between 1
2 among friends/strangers with people who are your friends or who you do not know: Jim relaxed, knowing he was among friends.
3 through or between: We walked among the chestnut woods on the mountain slopes. | She began rummaging among the books on her desk.
4 used to say that something such as a feeling or disease affects many people in a particular group, or that many people in a group have the same opinion: There is widespread concern among scientists about the long-term consequences of storing nuclear waste underground. | 7,000 job losses among railway workers
5 used when talking about a particular person or thing in a group of people or things: She was the eldest among them. | Innocent civilians were among the casualties. | My grandfather had among his possessions a portrait by Matisse.
6 among other used to say that you are only mentioning one or two people or things out of a much larger group: among other things: At the meeting they discussed, among other things, recent events in Eastern Europe.
7 if something is divided or shared among a group of people, each is given a part of it
8 talk/quarrel among yourselves to talk or quarrel with other people: Talk among yourselves for a while, I'll be ready soon.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • among — among, amongst 1. Among is now roughly ten times more common than amongst. It is the oldest form, which gave rise to the by forms amonges (14c, no longer in use) and among(e)st (16c). There is no demonstrable difference of meaning between the two …   Modern English usage

  • among — [ə muŋ′] prep. [ME < OE on gemang, in the company (of) < on, in + gemang, a mingling, crowd < gemengan, MINGLE] 1. in the company of; surrounded by; included with a group of [you are among friends] 2. from place to place in [he passed… …   English World dictionary

  • Among — A*mong , Amongst A*mongst , prep. [OE. amongist, amonges, amonge, among, AS. onmang, ongemang, gemang, in a crowd or mixture. For the ending st see {Amidst}. See {Mingle}.] 1. Mixed or mingled; surrounded by. [1913 Webster] They heard, And from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • among — (prep.) early 12c., from O.E. onmang, from phrase on gemang in a crowd, from gemengan to mingle (see MINGLE (Cf. mingle)). Collective prefix ge dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Cf. O.S. angimang among, amid; O.Fris. mong among …   Etymology dictionary

  • among — [prep1] in the middle of; between amid, amidst, betwixt, encompassed by, in dispersion through, in the midst of, in the thick of, mid, surrounded by, with; concept 586 Ant. away from, outside, separate among [prep2] in a group by all of, by the… …   New thesaurus

  • among — adverb amid, amidst, between, in the middle of, parenthetically Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • among — *between …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • among — (chiefly Brit. also amongst) ► PREPOSITION 1) surrounded by; in the middle of. 2) included or occurring in. 3) shared by; between. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • among — [[t]əmʌ̱ŋ[/t]] ♦ (The form amongst is also used, but is more literary.) 1) PREP Someone or something that is situated or moving among a group of things or people is surrounded by them. ...youths in their late teens sitting among adults... They… …   English dictionary

  • among — a|mong [ ə mʌŋ ] preposition *** 1. ) included in a larger group a ) used for saying that someone or something is included in a particular group of people or things: His family connections helped ensure his position among the elite. from among… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • among */*/*/ — UK [əˈmʌŋ] / US preposition 1) included in a larger group a) used for saying that someone or something is included in a particular group of people or things His family connections helped ensure his position among the elite. from among (= from a… …   English dictionary