Definition of among in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈmʌŋ/
(chiefly British also amongst /əˈmʌŋst/)


1Situated more or less centrally in relation to (several other things): flowers hidden among the roots of the trees you’re among friends
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  • Waking up to find a hung-over friend of a relative amongst the presents will certainly help that year stand out.
  • The central two-hander is set among a group of friends, all of whom are married or about to marry.
  • Birds filled the air with their song while butterflies danced amongst the wild flowers.
surrounded by, in the company of, amid, in the middle of, between, in the thick of
literary amidst, in the midst of
2Being a member or members of (a larger set): a British woman was among the 54 victims of the disaster snakes are among the animals most feared by man
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  • The document is now code and the code is now simply one window among others.
  • I see the future of Turkey in Europe as a prosperous, tolerant, democratic country among others.
  • According to the law, road users must give priority to, among others, the vehicles of state officials.
included in, one of, some of, in the group of, in the number of, out of
3Occurring in or shared by (some members of a group or community): a drop in tooth decay among children members of the government bickered among themselves
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  • Another symbol popular among the gay community is the inverted triangle.
  • During the late Nineties the general view among investors was that shares weren't things to be sold.
  • She said that the general feeling among communities was that they were tired of these crimes and wanted action to be taken.
4Indicating a division, choice, or differentiation involving three or more participants: the old king called the three princesses to divide his kingdom among them the State Council would elect a temporary president from among its members
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  • It was also indicated that the grant will be divided among the six participating institutions.
  • The king was growing old, and thought to divide his kingdom among his daughters.
  • Built for the use of one family, many are now divided among five to six families.
between, to each of


Old English ongemang (from on 'in' + gemang 'assemblage, mingling'). The -st of amongst represents -s (adverbial genitive) + -t probably by association with superlatives (as in against).

Words that rhyme with among

bung, clung, dung, flung, hung, lung, outflung, rung, shantung, slung, sprung, strung, stung, sung, swung, tongue, underslung, wrung, young

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