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  1. N-COUNT: usu the N in sing, oft N of n The middle of something is the part of it that is furthest from its edges, ends, or outside surface.

    the middle of nowhere see nowhere

  2. ADJ: ADJ n The middle object in a row of objects is the one that has an equal number of objects on each side.

  3. N-COUNT: usu poss N Your middle is the part of your body around your stomach. [INFORMAL]

  4. N-SING: the N of n The middle of an event or period of time is the part that comes after the first part and before the last part.

    ADJ: ADJ n

    • Middle is also an adjective. The month began and ended quite dry, but the middle fortnight saw nearly 100mm of rain fall nationwide.
  5. ADJ: ADJ n If someone is in their middle thirties, for example, they are aged somewhere approximately between thirty-four and thirty-six.

  6. ADJ: ADJ n The middle child in a family has equal numbers of younger and older brothers and sisters.

  7. ADJ: ADJ n The middle course or way is a moderate course of action that lies between two opposite and extreme courses.

  8. PHRASE: PHR after v If you divide or split something down the middle, you divide or split it into two equal halves or groups.

  9. PHRASE: v-link PHR -ing/n If you are in the middle of doing something, you are busy doing it.

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mɪ̱d(ə)lNeuter nounusu the N in; oft N of The middle of something is the part of it that is furthest from its edges; ends; or outside surface. ; the middle of nowhere → see nowhereExamples

Howard stood in the middle of the room sipping a cup of coffee...
Hyde accelerated away from the kerb, swerving out into the middle of the street...
I was in the middle of the back row...
Father told her to make sure the roast potatoes weren't raw in the middle.

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Basic forms
Present Participle (Participle I)middling
Past Participle (Participle II)middled
Present Indefinite, Active Voice
I middlewe middle
you middleyou middle
he/she/it middlesthey middle
Present Continuous, Active Voice
I am middlingwe are middling
you are middlingyou are middling
he/she/it is middlingthey are middling
Present Perfect, Active Voice
I have middledwe have middled
you have middledyou have middled
he/she/it has middledthey have middled
Present Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I have been middlingwe have been middling
you have been middlingyou have been middling
he/she/it has been middlingthey have been middling
Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I middledwe middled
you middledyou middled
he/she/it middledthey middled
Past Continuous, Active Voice
I was middlingwe were middling
you were middlingyou were middling
he/she/it was middlingthey were middling
Past Perfect, Active Voice
I had middledwe had middled
you had middledyou had middled
he/she/it had middledthey had middled
Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I had been middlingwe had been middling
you had been middlingyou had been middling
he/she/it had been middlingthey had been middling
Future Indefinite, Active Voice
I shall/will middlewe shall/will middle
you will middleyou will middle
he/she/it will middlethey will middle
Future Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will be middlingwe shall/will be middling
you will be middlingyou will be middling
he/she/it will be middlingthey will be middling
Future Perfect, Active Voice
I shall/will have middledwe shall/will have middled
you will have middledyou will have middled
he/she/it will have middledthey will have middled
Future Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I shall/will have been middlingwe shall/will have been middling
you will have been middlingyou will have been middling
he/she/it will have been middlingthey will have been middling
Future in the Past Indefinite, Active Voice
I should/would middlewe should/would middle
you would middleyou would middle
he/she/it would middlethey would middle
Future in the Past Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would be middlingwe should/would be middling
you would be middlingyou would be middling
he/she/it would be middlingthey would be middling
Future in the Past Perfect, Active Voice
I should/would have middledwe should/would have middled
you would have middledyou would have middled
he/she/it would have middledthey would have middled
Future in the Past Perfect Continuous, Active Voice
I should/would have been middlingwe should/would have been middling
you would have been middlingyou would have been middling
he/she/it would have been middlingthey would have been middling
Present Indefinite, Passive Voice
I am middledwe are middled
you are middledyou are middled
he/she/it is middledthey are middled
Present Continuous, Passive Voice
I am being middledwe are being middled
you are being middledyou are being middled
he/she/it is being middledthey are being middled
Present Perfect, Passive Voice
I have been middledwe have been middled
you have been middledyou have been middled
he/she/it has been middledthey have been middled
Past Indefinite, Passive Voice
I was middledwe were middled
you were middledyou were middled
he/she/it was middledthey were middled
Past Continuous, Passive Voice
I was being middledwe were being middled
you were being middledyou were being middled
he/she/it was being middledthey were being middled
Past Perfect, Passive Voice
I had been middledwe had been middled
you had been middledyou had been middled
he/she/it had been middledthey had been middled
Future Indefinite, Passive Voice
I shall/will be middledwe shall/will be middled
you will be middledyou will be middled
he/she/it will be middledthey will be middled
Future Perfect, Passive Voice
I shall/will have been middledwe shall/will have been middled
you will have been middledyou will have been middled
he/she/it will have been middledthey will have been middled


Common casemiddlemiddles
Possessive casemiddle'smiddles'