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a·mong

 (ə-mŭng′) also a·mongst (ə-mŭngst′)
prep.
1. In the midst of; surrounded by: a pine tree among cedars.
2. In the group, number, or class of: She is among the wealthy.
3. In the company of; in association with: traveling among a group of tourists.
4. By many or the entire number of; with many: a custom popular among the Greeks.
5. By the joint action of: Among us, we will finish the job.
6. With portions to each of: Distribute this among you.
7. With or against one another: Don't fight among yourselves. See Usage Note at between.

[Middle English, from Old English āmang : ā, in; see a-2 + gemang, throng; see mag- in Indo-European roots.]

among

(əˈmʌŋ) or

amongst

prep
1. in the midst of: he lived among the Indians.
2. to each of: divide the reward among yourselves.
3. in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers.
4. taken out of (a group): he is only one among many.
5. with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves.
[Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrel]
Usage: See at between

a•mong

(əˈmʌŋ)

prep.
1. in, into, or through the midst of; surrounded by: She was among friends.
2. in the midst of, so as to influence: missionary work among the local people.
3. with a share for each of: Divide the fruit among you.
4. in the class or group of: That is among the things we must do.
5. with most or many of: a candidate popular among the people.
6. by the joint or reciprocal action of: Settle it among yourselves. They quarreled among themselves.
7. familiar to or characteristic of: a proverb among the Spanish.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dat. of gemong crowd, akin to mengan to mix) in (the) group (of); akin to mingle]
usage: See between.

among

1. groups

If you are among a group of people or things, you are surrounded by them.

Dev wandered among his guests.
Among his baggage was a medicine chest.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you are 'among' two people or things. You say that you are between them.

Myra and Barbara sat in the back, the baby between them.
The island is midway between São Paulo and Porto Alegre.

The form amongst is sometimes used, but is more formal than among.

The old farmhouse was hidden amongst orchards.
2. dividing

You can say that something is divided among or between a group of people. There is no difference in meaning.

He divided his money among his brothers and sisters.
Different scenes from the play are divided between five couples.

The form amongst is sometimes used, but is more formal than among.

I heard that flour was being distributed amongst the citizens.
3. differences

Be Careful!
Don't use 'among' when you are talking about differences. Don't say, for example, 'I couldn't see any difference among the three chairs'. You say 'I couldn't see any difference between the three chairs'.

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among

amongst
preposition
1. in the midst of, with, together with, in the middle of, amid, surrounded by, amidst, in the thick of They walked among the crowds in the large town square.
2. in the group of, one of, part of, included in, in the company of, in the class of, in the number of Among the speakers was the new American ambassador.
3. between, to Most of the furniture was distributed among friends.
4. with one another, mutually, by all of, by the whole of, by the joint action of The directors have been arguing amongst themselves.
Translations
meziuprostředv rámci
blandtmellemimellem
joukossakeskenään
među
á meîalá milli, innan um
・・・の中で
... 사이에~사이에
tarpusavyje
starpvidū
întreprintre
med
blandinom
ท่ามกลาง
arasındaortasında
ở giữatrong số

among

[əˈmʌŋ] amongst [əˈmʌŋst] PREPentre, en medio de
from among(st)de entre
among(st) the Yanomami it is deemed a virtueentre los yanomami se considera una virtud
he is among(st) those whoes de los que ...
it is not among(st) the names I haveno figura entre los nombres que tengo
this is among(st) the possibilitiesésa es una de las posibilidades
they quarrelled among(st) themselvesriñeron entre sí
one can say that among(st) friendseso se puede decir entre amigos
share it among(st) yourselvesrepartíoslo entre vosotros

among

[əˈmʌŋ] amongst [əˈmʌŋst] prep
(= surrounded by) → parmi
We stood there among piles of wooden boxes → Nous nous tenions là parmi les caisses en bois.
They walked among the crowd
BUT Ils marchaient au milieu de la foule.
(= included in) → parmi
Among his purchases were several books → Parmi ses achats, il y avait plusieurs livres.
A British man was among those arrested
BUT Un Britannique faisait partie des personnes arrêtées.
(= with) [+ group of people] → parmi
The pub is popular among students → Le pub est populaire auprès des étudiants.
(= between) [share, distribute] → entre
among themselves → entre eux
They were talking among themselves → Ils parlaient entre eux.

among(st)

prepunter (+acc or dat); among other thingsunter anderem; she had sung with Madonna among otherssie hatte unter anderem mit Madonna gesungen; to stand among the crowd(mitten) in der Menge stehen; they shared it out among themselvessie teilten es unter sich or untereinander auf; talk among yourselvesunterhaltet euch; settle that among yourselvesmacht das untereinander aus; he’s among our best playerser gehört zu unseren besten Spielern; Manchester is among the largest of our citiesManchester gehört zu unseren größten Städten; to count somebody among one’s friendsjdn zu seinen Freunden zählen; this habit is widespread among the Frenchdiese Sitte ist bei den Franzosen weitverbreitet; there were ferns among the treeszwischen den Bäumen wuchs Farnkraut; to hide among the bushessich in den Büschen verstecken

among

[əˈmʌŋ] amongst [əˈmʌŋst] preptra, fra, in mezzo a
among friends → tra amici
he is among those who ... → fa parte di quelli che..., è uno di quelli che...
share it among yourselves → dividetevelo tra (di) voi
among other things → tra l'altro, tra le altre cose

among,

amongst

(əˈmaŋ(st)) preposition
1. in the middle of. a house among the trees.
2. in shares or parts to each person (in a group etc). Divide the chocolate amongst you.

see also between.

among

بَيْـنَ, وَسْط mezi, v rámci blandt unter ανάμεσα, μεταξύ entre joukossa, keskenään parmi među tra, fra ・・・の中で ... 사이에, ~사이에 onder, te midden van blant pomiędzy, wśród entre посреди, среди bland, inom ท่ามกลาง arasında ở giữa, trong số 在...之中, 在…范围内
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Not one whole or handsome one among them, all were outcasts till Beth took them in, for when her sisters outgrew these idols, they passed to her because Amy would have nothing old or ugly.
Among all the people of Winesburg but one had come close to him.
From one activity to another had Tom Swift gone, now constructing some important invention for himself, as among others, when he made the photo-telephone, or developed a great searchlight which he presented to the Government for use in detecting smugglers on the border.
There was a low rumbling of heavy sea-boots among the benches, and a still slighter shuffling of women's shoes, and all was quiet again, and every eye on the preacher.
That, hereupon he had ascertained, through the registers on the table, that his son-in-law was among the living prisoners, and had pleaded hard to the Tribunal--of whom some members were asleep and some awake, some dirty with murder and some clean, some sober and some not--for his life and liberty.
I had many acquaintance, and among persons of the best fashion; and being always attended by my interpreter, the conversation we had was not disagreeable.
The arts of division were practiced among the Achaeans.
But as we ascend in the social scale, the process of discriminating and being discriminated by hearing increases in difficulty, partly because voices are assimilated, partly because the faculty of voice-discrimination is a plebeian virtue not much developed among the Aristocracy.
I fell almost directly in the center of the fierce combat, among warriors who had not seen my approach so busily were they engaged in life and death struggles.
It may be that he swept back into the past, and fell among the blood-drinking, hairy savages of the Age of Unpolished Stone; into the abysses of the Cretaceous Sea; or among the grotesque saurians, the huge reptilian brutes of the Jurassic times.
DOWN among the grass and fragrant clover lay little Eva by the brook-side, watching the bright waves, as they went singing by under the drooping flowers that grew on its banks.
There was Colonel Barry, who had been among our fathers, and knew that they had courage enough to die for their rights.