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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.

preposition

  1. in the midst ofhe lived among the Indians
  2. to each ofdivide the reward among yourselves
  3. in the group, class, or number ofranked 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 ofa lot of gossip among the women employees; decide it among yourselves
prep.

early 12c., from Old English onmang, from phrase on gemang “in a crowd,” from gemengan “to mingle” (see mingle). Collective prefix ge- dropped 12c. leaving onmong, amang, among. Cf. Old Saxon angimang “among, amid;” Old Frisian mong “among.”

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