among


among
/euh mung"/, prep.
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.
[bef. 1000; ME; OE amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dat. of gemong crowd, akin to mengan to mix) in (the) group (of); akin to MINGLE]
Syn. AMONG and BETWEEN suggest a relationship that is not necessarily physical: among the crowd; between two pillars; They don't have much sense among them. Between you and me, I don't like any of them. AMID, a more literary word, implies being in the middle of a place or surrounded by something: to stand amid ruins.

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  • 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

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