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[uh-muhngst, uh-muhngkst] /əˈmʌŋst, əˈmʌŋkst/
preposition, Chiefly British
Origin of amongst
1200-50; earlier amongs, Middle English amonges, equivalent to among among + -es adv. genitive suffix; excrescent -t as in against Unabridged
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  • College serves as a foundation for interaction amongst diverse people.
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  • During this time, the researchers were able to recognize a hierarchical structure amongst the families that persisted.
  • It starts amongst garden terraces but soon leads to a series of wild headlands crowned by a string of medieval towers.
  • Most inhalant use occurs amongst teens or preteens who do not have access to illicit drugs or alcohol.
  • It is for this reason amongst others that banking must be regulated.
  • Unique amongst mammals, the common vampire bat feeds entirely on blood sucked from its warm-blooded prey.
  • amongst these would be nucleotides, enabling replication of the pump.
  • The move remains controversial amongst some astronomers.
  • There is a set number of steps that each college can distribute amongst its faculty.
British Dictionary definitions for amongst


in the midst of: he lived among the Indians
to each of: divide the reward among yourselves
in the group, class, or number of: ranked among the greatest writers
taken out of (a group): he is only one among many
with one another within a group; by the joint action of: a lot of gossip among the women employees, decide it among yourselves
Word Origin
Old English amang, contracted from on gemang in the group of, from on + gemang crowd; see mingle, mongrel
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Word Origin and History for amongst

mid-13c., amonges, from among with adverbial genitive. Parasitic -t first attested 16c. (see amidst). It is well established in the south of England, but not much heard in the north. By similar evolutions, alongst also existed in Middle English.

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