Meaning of “among” in the English Dictionary

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"among" in British English

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amongpreposition

uk /əˈmʌŋ/ us /əˈmʌŋ/ also amongst, uk /əˈmʌŋst/ us

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.

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).

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.

More examples

  • You don't have to pretend anymore - you're among friends now.
  • There's a lot of teasing and fighting among the crew.
  • The boy looked uncomfortable and out of place among the adults.
  • These diseases are more common among young children.
  • A small animal was making rustling noises among the leaves.

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

"among" in American English

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amongpreposition

us /əˈmʌŋ/ also amongst, /əˈmʌŋst/

in the middle of or surrounded by:

She felt lonely among all these strange people.

Among also means as part of a group or in the group of people or things named:

They discussed it among themselves.
Among the problems we have to deal with, improving education is probably the most difficult.

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