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amongst

[uh-muhngst, uh-muhngkst] /əˈmʌŋst, əˈmʌŋkst/
preposition, Chiefly British
1.
Origin of amongst
1200-1250
1200-50; earlier amongs, Middle English amonges, equivalent to among among + -es adv. genitive suffix; excrescent -t as in against
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among

/əˈmʌŋ/
preposition
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
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
prep.

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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