Definition of among in English:


(British amongst)


  • 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.’
    • ‘Waking up to find a hung-over friend of a relative amongst the presents will certainly help that year stand out.’
    • ‘Birds filled the air with their song while butterflies danced amongst the wild flowers.’
    • ‘It was a brilliant night and I felt really lucky to be amongst friends who knew their way around.’
    • ‘I could hardly keep the smile off my face, I was so pleased to be amongst friends in a strange country.’
    • ‘Obviously I haven't been brave enough to broach this topic amongst our friends for fear of an outcry.’
    • ‘It is a beautiful world situated among endless sands and rocks under an orange sky.’
    • ‘It was that idea, in fact, that always made me a bit of an outcast amongst my more liberal friends.’
    • ‘On the other hand, among friends with whom you feel at ease, you are expressive, witty, and quite charming.’
    • ‘At the Fabian Society's summer reception at Westminster he was among friends and looking relaxed and comfortable.’
    • ‘And all four are very unusual and uncommon topics for discussion amongst friends.’
    • ‘You get lonely on your own at 3am, and it's like being amongst old friends in here.’
    • ‘Blessed is he who has found his place, for he shall be content among friends.’
    • ‘The central two-hander is set among a group of friends, all of whom are married or about to marry.’
    • ‘Most people when faced with the break-up of their marriage would surely take shelter amongst family and friends.’
    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)

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