(The form amongst is also used, but is more literary.)
1) PREP Someone or something that is situated or moving among a group of things or people is surrounded by them.

...youths in their late teens sitting among adults...

They walked among the crowds in Red Square.

...a garden of semi-tropical vegetation set among pools and waterfalls.

2) PREP If you are among people of a particular kind, you are with them and having contact with them.

Things weren't so bad, after all. I was among friends again...

I was brought up among people who read and wrote a lot.

3) PREP If someone or something is among a group, they are a member of that group and share its characteristics.

A fifteen year old girl was among the injured...

Also among the speakers was the new American ambassador to Moscow.

4) PREP If you want to focus on something that is happening within a particular group of people, you can say that it is happening among that group.

Homicide is the leading cause of death among black men.

...discussions among the world leaders who are in Paris for the European security conference.

5) PREP If something happens among a group of people, it happens within the whole of that group or between the members of that group.

The calls for reform come as intense debate continues among the leadership over the next five-year economic plan...

Much of the talk of political disaster had been among intellectuals.

6) PREP If something such as a feeling, opinion, or situation exists among a group of people, most of them have it or experience it.

There was some concern among book and magazine retailers after last Wednesday's news...

The resort is popular among ski enthusiasts.

7) PREP You use among before a noun to mention a group when talking about a smaller group within it.

Among those 18 and over, 510,000 benefit claimants were not unemployed...

Among the varieties available, my preference stays with the old and lovely pink-flowered variety, `Apple Blossom'.

8) PREP If something applies to a particular person or thing among others, it also applies to other people or things.

...a news conference attended among others by our foreign affairs correspondent...

She knew many theatrical personalities and had worked, among others, with George Bernard Shaw.

9) PREP If something is shared among a number of people, some of it is given to all of them.

Most of the furniture was left to the neighbours or distributed among friends...

She tried to ensure her affection was equally shared among all three children.

10) PREP: PREP pron-refl If people talk, fight, or agree among themselves, they do it together, without involving anyone else.

European farm ministers disagree among themselves...

The directors have been arguing among themselves.


English dictionary. 2008.

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