Definition of among in US English:

among

(British amongst)

preposition

  • 1Surrounded by; in the company of.

    ‘wild strawberries hidden among the roots of the trees’
    ‘you're among friends’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful world situated among endless sands and rocks under an orange sky.’
    • ‘Blessed is he who has found his place, for he shall be content among friends.’
    • ‘It was that idea, in fact, that always made me a bit of an outcast amongst my more liberal friends.’
    • ‘It was a brilliant night and I felt really lucky to be amongst friends who knew their way around.’
    • ‘Birds filled the air with their song while butterflies danced amongst the wild flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most people when faced with the break-up of their marriage would surely take shelter amongst family and friends.’
    • ‘And all four are very unusual and uncommon topics for discussion amongst friends.’
    • ‘On the other hand, among friends with whom you feel at ease, you are expressive, witty, and quite charming.’
    • ‘The central two-hander is set among a group of friends, all of whom are married or about to marry.’
    • ‘Waking up to find a hung-over friend of a relative amongst the presents will certainly help that year stand out.’
    • ‘At the Fabian Society's summer reception at Westminster he was among friends and looking relaxed and comfortable.’
    • ‘You get lonely on your own at 3am, and it's like being amongst old friends in here.’
    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)

    ‘snakes are among the animals most feared by humans’
    ‘he was among the first 29 students enrolled’
    • ‘She will be among the participants in the swimming competitions.’
    • ‘She noted that lawyers have always been among the most avid participants in the survey.’
    • ‘We'll count you among the participants in this next phase of the peace movement.’
    • ‘He was the mushers' choice for best sportsman among the pack, and he professed to be unable to see why.’
    • ‘She is among the most popular members of staff at the infant school.’
    • ‘According to the law, road users must give priority to, among others, the vehicles of state officials.’
    • ‘A young lady and her lawyers came to me among others, and we represented what we believed.’
    • ‘These are among the concerns shared by members in recent days.’
    • ‘These charges, among others, were laid at the mock-Tudor mansion doors of footballers in 2003.’
    • ‘The document is now code and the code is now simply one window among others.’
    • ‘For the inauguration, they picked a student among the participants to inaugurate the seminar.’
    • ‘These companies were among those to indicate lower earnings.’
    • ‘The State Minister for the Environment was also seen among the participants.’
    • ‘It makes for a dramatic backdrop to explore cuisine of Senegal, Cameroon and Mali, among others.’
    • ‘I see the future of Turkey in Europe as a prosperous, tolerant, democratic country among others.’
    • ‘Town-gown relations in York are among the best in the country and many locals are glad it is October again.’
    • ‘He pointed out that bad infrastructure in the region was among factors hampering trade relations.’
    • ‘The agreement was initially hailed as providing a boost for tomato and avocado growers, among others.’
    • ‘Certainly children seem to be among the most enthusiastic participants when clean-up efforts are called for.’
    • ‘There were few members of the general public among the students at that time.’
    included in, one of, some of, in the group of, in the number of, out of
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  • 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’
    • ‘All this has created unprecedented fear and alienation amongst our communities.’
    • ‘Instead of rivalry, says Sebastien, there's a real sense of community amongst those who take part.’
    • ‘It is this gap in understanding amongst the wider community that [we] hope to address with this guide.’
    • ‘Another symbol popular among the gay community is the inverted triangle.’
    • ‘I think there's a general feeling among members that were he to be selected as a candidate he would do a good job.’
    • ‘A quick scan of the room sees members nodding among themselves and grinning.’
    • ‘The response amongst the busking community has been decidedly lukewarm.’
    • ‘I can hardly see the latest suggestions from the police having a beneficial effect on the levels of fear amongst the general public.’
    • ‘They also aimed to promote a sense of community spirit and pride amongst the Carnarvon population.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Working in Sierra Leone, she found horrific decay among the children whose teeth she examined.’
    • ‘Is the hypernova theory generally accepted as fact amongst the astronomy community?’
    • ‘There's a growing suspicion among the general public that corruption and fraud is rife.’
    • ‘During the late Nineties the general view among investors was that shares weren't things to be sold.’
    • ‘There is a great dissatisfaction among the general public regarding the redressal mechanism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We believe there is widespread support amongst the general public for such a move.’
    • ‘These conditions often led to disillusionment and cynicism among community members.’
    • ‘His views were generally shared among the veterans who said they had no resentment now toward the kamikaze pilots.’
    1. 3.1 Involving most or all members of a group reciprocally.
      ‘members of the government bickered among themselves’
      • ‘He joined secret internet chat rooms where members swapped the child pornography among themselves.’
      • ‘The cliques of politicians who had shared power among themselves so cynically since the Restoration now came under attack.’
      • ‘Until they do, council members stand and sip tea or chat among themselves.’
      • ‘The agents can talk among themselves to compare and share with each other what they find.’
      • ‘Guests can talk among themselves or with the innkeepers as they prepare breakfast that will be served family style.’
      • ‘They talk among themselves, sometimes joking but almost always coming to the same point: something was amiss.’
      • ‘The scheme involves venues sharing information about troublemakers among themselves and with the police.’
      • ‘The elite use French exclusively to communicate among themselves and as their official language.’
      • ‘Members using the site can discuss any idea among themselves, and also see which other members have read the idea, and when.’
      • ‘In fact, the Arizona study, based on videotapes, found that jurors do a better job when they talk among themselves as a trial unfolds.’
      • ‘The homes of Manakkappadi vied among themselves to host a member of the Kashmiri group.’
      • ‘The move helped investigators share documents more easily among themselves.’
  • 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’
    • ‘It is from among the regular participants in this programme that the eight bikers-to-be were picked.’
    • ‘With a fully-fit squad, the coach is obliged to make choices among his forwards.’
    • ‘The ecclesiastical fission has led to some tiny island villages being split religiously among as many as five different bodies.’
    • ‘Why not divide the four fates amongst four different people, and make it fair?’
    • ‘It certainly did not mean that this income is shared out equally amongst the population.’
    • ‘It was also indicated that the grant will be divided among the six participating institutions.’
    • ‘Built for the use of one family, many are now divided among five to six families.’
    • ‘In 1999, the cadres in Hongshan village divided the public funds among themselves.’
    • ‘In fact, the only reason the Magic come up as the team of choice among free agents is because it has money to spend.’
    • ‘Intending to divide his kingdom among his daughters according to their affection for him, he bids them say which loves him most.’
    • ‘That becomes just another datum assumed when choosing amongst alternative choices.’
    • ‘The kinetic missiles flew to their targets as one salvo, divided among five targets.’
    • ‘The king was growing old, and thought to divide his kingdom among his daughters.’
    • ‘People make choices among magazines based on their tastes and their points of view.’
    • ‘Divide your protein among five smaller meals per day, which also helps keep cravings at bay.’
    between, to each of
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Usage

See between

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

/əˈməŋ//əˈməNG/