among */*/*/ [əˈmʌŋ]


among */*/*/ [əˈmʌŋ]
[əˈmʌŋst]
preposition
1) included in a particular group of people or things
Robert was the only one among them who had ever ridden a horse.[/ex]
They discussed, among other things, the future of the oil industry.[/ex]
The winner was selected from among 500 candidates.[/ex]
2) used for saying what happens within a particular group of people
The suicide rate among young male prisoners is high.[/ex]
The team were fighting among themselves.[/ex]
3) used for saying that different people receive parts of something when it is divided up
The money has to be shared out among several projects.[/ex]
4) with other people or things all around
It was pleasant strolling among the olive trees.[/ex]
Between and among are used in similar ways. ■ Use between, not among, when just two people are mentioned: It was an agreement between Carl and me. ■ When three or more people are mentioned, you can use either, but among is more formal: The money was divided up among/between the four children. ■ Use between for saying that there are people or things on two sides of someone or something: I sat between my parents. ■ Use among for saying that someone or something is in the middle of a group of people or things: We strolled among the trees.

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  • 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

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