amongst

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EtymologyEdit

amongs +‎ -t (excrescent), from among +‎ -s (genitive); surface analysis is among +‎ -st (excrescent). Root among from Old English ongemang, from on (in) + gemang (assemblage, mingling).

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  • IPA(key): /əˈmʌŋst/
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PrepositionEdit

amongst

  1. Denotes a mingling or intermixing with distinct or separable objects. See usage note at amidst.
    Janek feels very at ease amongst his friends, but gets incredibly nervous when meeting new people.
    • 1959 October, Norman Jones, “The Manchester Ship Canal Railway”, in Trains Illustrated, page 488:
      The smart little locomotives, mostly 0-6-0 saddletanks, which are always busy shunting traffic amongst the vast dockside warehouses, belong to the Manchester Ship Canal Railway, a line of considerable importance.

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