among - definition and synonyms


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  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
      from among (=from a group of):

      The Scottish Labour Party will appoint a committee from among its own members.

    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.

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  2. 2
    within a group
    1. 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.

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

    The money has to be shared out 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.

      Imran was standing among a crowd of admirers.

    2. b.
      moving through a place where there are people or things around you

      It was pleasant strolling among the olive trees.

    3. 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.