among

[uh-muhng]
preposition
1.
in, into, or through the midst of; in association or connection with; surrounded by: He was among friends.
2.
in the midst of, so as to influence: missionary work among the local people.
3.
with a share for each of: Divide the cigars among you.
4.
in the number, class, or group of; of or out of: That is among the things we must do.
5.
by all or with the whole of; by most or with many of: popular among the people.
6.
by the joint or reciprocal action of: Settle it among yourselves.
7.
each with the other; mutually: They quarreled among themselves.
8.
familiar to or characteristic of: a proverb among the Spanish.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English; Old English amang, onmang for on gemang, on gemonge (dative of gemong crowd, akin to mengan to mix) in (the) group (of); akin to mingle

amid, among, between (see synonym study at the current entry)(see usage note at between).


Among and between suggest a relationship that is not necessarily physical: among the crowd; between two pillars; They don't have much sense among them. Between you and me, I don't like any of them. Amid a more literary word, implies being in the middle of a place or surrounded by something: to stand amid ruins.


See between.
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among or amongst (əˈmʌŋ)
 
prep
1.  in the midst of: he lived among the Indians
2.  to each of: divide the reward among yourselves
3.  in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers
4.  taken out of (a group): he is only one among many
5.  with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves
 
 
amongst or amongst
 
prep
 

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Word Origin & History

among
O.E. on gemang "in a crowd," from gemengan "to mingle" (see mingle). Collective prefix ge- dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among.
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Example sentences
In the past few decades, however, group selection has made a quiet comeback
  among evolutionary theorists.
But resigning in protest has gained popularity of late among an unlikely group:
  big corporations.
The three finalists were chosen from among 32 team nominees for the award.
Just like every other industry, going green has become a mantra among airlines,
  car rental companies and even hotel chains.
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