Definition of among in English:

among

(British amongst)

preposition

  • 1Situated more or less centrally in relation to (several other things)

    ‘flowers hidden among the roots of the trees’
    ‘you're among friends’
    • ‘It is a beautiful world situated among endless sands and rocks under an orange sky.’
    • ‘Waking up to find a hung-over friend of a relative amongst the presents will certainly help that year stand out.’
    • ‘Obviously I haven't been brave enough to broach this topic amongst our friends for fear of an outcry.’
    • ‘I could hardly keep the smile off my face, I was so pleased to be amongst friends in a strange country.’
    • ‘Blessed is he who has found his place, for he shall be content among friends.’
    • ‘You get lonely on your own at 3am, and it's like being amongst old friends in here.’
    • ‘The Friends will be among those celebrating Hob Moor's new status as a Local Nature Reserve at a free party there in a week's time.’
    • ‘And all four are very unusual and uncommon topics for discussion amongst friends.’
    • ‘It was a brilliant night and I felt really lucky to be amongst friends who knew their way around.’
    • ‘On the other hand, among friends with whom you feel at ease, you are expressive, witty, and quite charming.’
    • ‘Most people when faced with the break-up of their marriage would surely take shelter amongst family and friends.’
    • ‘Birds filled the air with their song while butterflies danced amongst the wild flowers.’
    • ‘It was that idea, in fact, that always made me a bit of an outcast amongst my more liberal friends.’
    • ‘The central two-hander is set among a group of friends, all of whom are married or about to marry.’
    • ‘At the Fabian Society's summer reception at Westminster he was among friends and looking relaxed and comfortable.’
    surrounded by, in the company of, amid, in the middle of, between, in the thick of
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  • 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’
    • ‘These charges, among others, were laid at the mock-Tudor mansion doors of footballers in 2003.’
    • ‘She noted that lawyers have always been among the most avid participants in the survey.’
    • ‘According to the law, road users must give priority to, among others, the vehicles of state officials.’
    • ‘The document is now code and the code is now simply one window among others.’
    • ‘Certainly children seem to be among the most enthusiastic participants when clean-up efforts are called for.’
    • ‘The agreement was initially hailed as providing a boost for tomato and avocado growers, among others.’
    • ‘For the inauguration, they picked a student among the participants to inaugurate the seminar.’
    • ‘He was the mushers' choice for best sportsman among the pack, and he professed to be unable to see why.’
    • ‘I see the future of Turkey in Europe as a prosperous, tolerant, democratic country among others.’
    • ‘We'll count you among the participants in this next phase of the peace movement.’
    • ‘It makes for a dramatic backdrop to explore cuisine of Senegal, Cameroon and Mali, among others.’
    • ‘Town-gown relations in York are among the best in the country and many locals are glad it is October again.’
    • ‘These are among the concerns shared by members in recent days.’
    • ‘She is among the most popular members of staff at the infant school.’
    • ‘She will be among the participants in the swimming competitions.’
    • ‘A young lady and her lawyers came to me among others, and we represented what we believed.’
    • ‘There were few members of the general public among the students at that time.’
    • ‘He pointed out that bad infrastructure in the region was among factors hampering trade relations.’
    • ‘These companies were among those to indicate lower earnings.’
    • ‘The State Minister for the Environment was also seen among the participants.’
    included in, one of, some of, in the group of, in the number of, out of
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  • 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’
    • ‘We believe there is widespread support amongst the general public for such a move.’
    • ‘During the late Nineties the general view among investors was that shares weren't things to be sold.’
    • ‘I think there's a general feeling among members that were he to be selected as a candidate he would do a good job.’
    • ‘All this has created unprecedented fear and alienation amongst our communities.’
    • ‘There's a growing suspicion among the general public that corruption and fraud is rife.’
    • ‘Instead of rivalry, says Sebastien, there's a real sense of community amongst those who take part.’
    • ‘They also aimed to promote a sense of community spirit and pride amongst the Carnarvon population.’
    • ‘I can hardly see the latest suggestions from the police having a beneficial effect on the levels of fear amongst the general public.’
    • ‘A fatigue has set in among the general public, and the last thing they want to do is to take to streets in the sweltering heat.’
    • ‘Another symbol popular among the gay community is the inverted triangle.’
    • ‘A quick scan of the room sees members nodding among themselves and grinning.’
    • ‘There is a great dissatisfaction among the general public regarding the redressal mechanism.’
    • ‘These conditions often led to disillusionment and cynicism among community members.’
    • ‘She said that the general feeling among communities was that they were tired of these crimes and wanted action to be taken.’
    • ‘It also generated outrage and headaches among the academic community at the festival.’
    • ‘His views were generally shared among the veterans who said they had no resentment now toward the kamikaze pilots.’
    • ‘Is the hypernova theory generally accepted as fact amongst the astronomy community?’
    • ‘The response amongst the busking community has been decidedly lukewarm.’
    • ‘It is this gap in understanding amongst the wider community that [we] hope to address with this guide.’
    • ‘Working in Sierra Leone, she found horrific decay among the children whose teeth she examined.’
  • 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’
    • ‘The kinetic missiles flew to their targets as one salvo, divided among five targets.’
    • ‘Why not divide the four fates amongst four different people, and make it fair?’
    • ‘Intending to divide his kingdom among his daughters according to their affection for him, he bids them say which loves him most.’
    • ‘In fact, the only reason the Magic come up as the team of choice among free agents is because it has money to spend.’
    • ‘In 1999, the cadres in Hongshan village divided the public funds among themselves.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was also indicated that the grant will be divided among the six participating institutions.’
    • ‘Divide your protein among five smaller meals per day, which also helps keep cravings at bay.’
    • ‘It certainly did not mean that this income is shared out equally amongst the population.’
    • ‘The ecclesiastical fission has led to some tiny island villages being split religiously among as many as five different bodies.’
    • ‘That becomes just another datum assumed when choosing amongst alternative choices.’
    • ‘It is from among the regular participants in this programme that the eight bikers-to-be were picked.’
    • ‘People make choices among magazines based on their tastes and their points of view.’
    • ‘With a fully-fit squad, the coach is obliged to make choices among his forwards.’
    between, to each of
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Origin

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).

Pronunciation

among

/əˈmʌŋ/