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preposition among pronunciation in American English /əˈmʌŋ/
  1. 1
    included in a larger group
    1. a.
      used for saying that someone or something is included in a particular group of people or things

      His family connections helped ensure his position among the elite.

      from among (=from a group of):

      Two representatives were chosen from among the 13 candidates.

    2. b.
      used when you are mentioning a particular person or thing in relation to the rest of the group they belong to

      Robert was the only one among them who had ever ridden a horse.

      Most important among the country's problems is the lack of health facilities.

  2. 2
    within a group
    1. a.
      used for saying what happens within a particular group of people

      The suicide rate among young male prisoners is high.

      We want to encourage greater cooperation among the different departments.

    2. b.
      used for saying that many people in a group have a particular opinion or feeling

      News of the invasion spread panic among the citizens.

      The general opinion among teachers is that small class sizes are important.

  3. 3
    used for stating which people receive parts of something when it is divided up
    share/divide/distribute something among:

    The money has to be divided among several projects.

  4. 4
    in the middle of other people or things
    1. a.
      in a place surrounded by people or things

      Robin's house was hidden among the trees.

      Warner was standing among a crowd of admirers.

    2. c.
      searching through things

      I found Michelle rummaging among the papers in my drawer.

  5. 5
    with a group of people of a particular type

    I was never happier than when I was among these familiar faces.

    among friends:

    Oh come on, Arthur, you can speak freely – you're among friends.


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