Meaning of “amid” in the English Dictionary

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"amid" in British English

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amidpreposition

uk /əˈmɪd/ us /əˈmɪd/ also amidst, uk /əˈmɪdst/ us formal

C1 in the middle of or surrounded by:

On the floor, amid mounds of books, were two small envelopes.
The new perfume was launched amidst a fanfare of publicity.
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  • a brief moment of levity amid the solemn proceedings
  • Her office was an oasis of peace and sanity amid the surrounding chaos.
  • The town sits amid gentle hills and dense forest.
  • The actors made their bows amid great applause.
  • The president cancelled his visit amid speculation that his health was failing.

(Definition of “amid” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"amid" in American English

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amidpreposition

us /əˈmɪd/ also amidst, /əˈmɪdst, əˈmɪtst/

in the middle of or surrounded by; among:

We camped that night in a shallow valley amid low hills.

(Definition of “amid” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)