Definition of among in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈməNG/
(chiefly British also amongst /əˈməNGst/)


1Surrounded by; in the company of: wild strawberries 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, with
literary amidst, in the midst of
2Being a member or members of (a larger set): he was among the first 29 students enrolled snakes are among the animals most feared by humans
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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/some of, in the group/number of
3Occurring in or practiced by (some members of a community): a drop in tooth decay among children this pronunciation is not popular among the general public rooting out abuses among the clergy
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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.
3.1Involving most or all members of a group reciprocally: members of the government bickered among themselves
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  • The move helped investigators share documents more easily among themselves.
  • The scheme involves venues sharing information about troublemakers among themselves and with the police.
  • The cliques of politicians who had shared power among themselves so cynically since the Restoration now came under attack.
jointly, mutually, together, with one another
4Indicating a division, choice, or differentiation involving three or more participants: the king called the three princesses to divide his kingdom among them choosing a privatization scheme from among five models
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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


See between (usage).


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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Syllabification: a·mong

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