Definition of among preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈmʌŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmʌŋ//
    (also amongst
    BrE BrE//əˈmʌŋst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈmʌŋst//
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  1. 1  surrounded by somebody/something; in the middle of somebody/something a house among the trees They strolled among the crowds. I found the letter amongst his papers. It's OK, you're among friends now.
  2. 2  being included or happening in groups of things or people A British woman was among the survivors. He was among the last to leave. This attitude is common among the under-25s. ‘What was wrong with the job?’ ‘Well, the pay wasn't good, among other things.’ Discuss it among yourselves (= with each other) first.
  3. 3  used when you are dividing or choosing something, and three or more people or things are involved They divided the money up among their three children.
  4. Word OriginOld English ongemang (from on ‘in’ + gemang ‘assemblage, mingling’).
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