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English definition of “among”


preposition     /əˈmʌŋ/ (also amongst,   /əˈmʌŋst/   )
B1 in the middle of or surrounded by other things: I saw a few familiar faces among the crowd . Rescue teams searched among the wreckage for survivors .Between A2 happening or being included as part of a group of people or things: a decision that has caused a lot of anger among women Relax , you're amongst friends . Talk about it among yourselves (= talk to each other about it without me) for a while. She has worked as an estate agent among other things (= as well as other things).Between C1 to each one in a group of three or more people or things: He divided the country among his sons . The cost should be shared equally among the three of you. Grammar:Among and amongstAmong and amongst are prepositions.Grammar:Between or among?Between and among are prepositions.Grammar:Between, among: meaning and useWe use between to refer to two things which are clearly separated. We use among to talk about things which are not clearly separated because they are part of a group or crowd or mass of objects:Grammar:Between and prepositional phrasesBetween is most often used to introduce a prepositional phrase which contains two singular or plural noun phrases:Grammar:Nouns and verbs followed by betweenThe most common nouns often followed by between are: connection, difference, distinction, link, relationship:Grammar:Among meaning ‘surrounding, part of or included in’We use among to suggest a sense of being a part of or surrounded by or included in something else. It is typically followed by a plural noun phrase:Grammar:Among others and among other thingsIn the phrases among others and among other things, among means ‘as well as’:
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