among

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Old English onġemang, from Proto-Germanic *mang-. Compare Saterland Frisian monk, monken(among).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /əˈmʌŋ/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: a‧mong
  • Rhymes: -ʌŋ

Preposition[edit]

among

  1. 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?
  2. Denotes a belonging of a person or a thing to a group.
    He is among the few who completely understand the subject.
  3. Denotes a sharing of a common feature in a group.
    • 1611, Bible (KJV), 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.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

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Most common English words before 1923: seen · better · name · #209: among · done · days · something

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Cebuano[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: a‧mong

Verb[edit]

among

  1. To be made or become a collateral damage.
  2. To implicate; to connect or involve in an unfavorable or criminal way with something.
  3. To drag in.