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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishamonga‧mong /əˈmʌŋ/ ●●● S2 W1 (also amongst /əˈmʌŋst/) preposition  1 MIDDLEin or through the middle of a group of people or things The girl quickly disappeared among the crowd. I could hear voices coming from somewhere among the bushes. We walked among the chestnut woods on the mountain slopes. She began rummaging among the books on her desk. between2 WITHwith a particular group of people Jim relaxed, knowing he was among friends.3 EFFECT/INFLUENCEused to say that many people in a group have the same feeling or opinion, or that something affects many people in a group The problem is causing widespread concern among scientists. The general opinion among police officers was that the law should be tightened. The changes will mean 7,000 job losses among railway workers.4 INCLUDEused to talk about a particular person, thing, or group as belonging to a larger group She was the eldest among them. Innocent civilians were among the casualties. My grandfather had among his possessions a portrait by Matisse. Representatives were chosen by the students from among themselves.5 among other things/places/factors etc6 SHAREif something is divided or shared among a group of people, each person is given a part of it A father’s property was divided among his heirs.7 among yourselves/ourselves/themselvesUSAGE: Among, betweenTo talk about position, use among if there are more than two people or things around someone or something, and between if there is just one person or thing on each side:They hid among the reeds.I put my bag down between my feet.After words such as 'relationship' or 'difference', use between, even when there are more than two people or things: the relationship between the three friends Don't say: the relationship among the three friends
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amongI saw him standing among a group of students.Forbes dramatically increased his support among Republican voters statewide.There is widespread concern among scientists about the safety of storing nuclear waste underground.The prime minister was among the 300 people who attended the funeral.Among the collection of photographs are two taken in Hamburg in 1911.Yeltsin was among the first world leaders to arrive in Paris for the summit.We helped Mom search for her wedding ring among the rocks below the boardwalk.The house was hidden among the trees.The letter is somewhere among these papers on her desk.There were about twenty spectators, among whom were Bill, Maria and myself.among friendsHer father also told her that she would be among friends.There are so many clients, peace should exist among friends.There should be no need for secrets among friends.A flushed and jolly character raises his glass among friends and family - how real, how reliable is that evidence?Now he is among friends, and is usually cheerful.But such conversations, unless they spring up spontaneously among friends, are usually poor and wretched things.He wants to share it among friends as well as foes.Others are widowed or divorced, and hate being the odd one out among friends who are all couples.