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From Middle English among, amang, amonge, amange, from Old English amang, onġemang, equivalent to a- + mong (“crowd; group; throng”). Compare dialectal German mang, Saterland Frisian monk, monken (“among”).
The raising of /ɔ/ ( → /ɒ/) to /u/ ( → /ʌ/) is regular between /m/ and /ŋ/; compare monger, mongrel.
- Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. (See Usage Note at amidst.)
- How can you speak with authority about their customs when you have never lived among them?
- Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.
- 2013 August 10, “Can China clean up fast enough?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8848:
- All this has led to an explosion of protest across China, including among a middle class that has discovered nimbyism.
- He is among the few who completely understand the subject.
- Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Luke 1:1:
- Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us […]
- Lactose intolerance is common among people of Asian heritage.
- For the comparison of among with between, see the usage notes in between.
- Many Americans view "amongst" as an archaic/Commonwealth variant, and use "among" exclusively.
mingling or intermixing
belonging to a group
- Alternative form of amo (“master, boss”).
- Hyphenation: a‧mong
- To be made or become a collateral damage.
- To implicate; to connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
- To drag in.
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among (plural among-among, first-person possessive amongku, second-person possessive amongmu, third-person possessive amongnya)
- jewelry in coronation of odonafi
- “among” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia, Jakarta: Language Development and Fostering Agency — Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic Indonesia, 2016.
From Old English amang, onġemang, equivalent to a- + mong.
- “among(es, prep.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- “among(es, adv.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
- (vulgar, colloquial) priest
- Synonym: pari
- (colloquial) boss; chief; master
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