noun, often attributive
mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

Definition of member

1 : a body part or organ: such as
a : limb
b : penis
c : a unit of structure in a plant body
2 : one of the individuals composing a group
3 : a person baptized or enrolled in a church
4 : a part of a whole: such as
a : a syntactic or rhythmic unit of a sentence : clause
b : one of the propositions of a syllogism
c : one of the elements of a set or class
d : either of the equated elements in a mathematical equation

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Synonyms & Antonyms for member


building block, component, constituent, element, factor, ingredient



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part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required. they ran only part of the way portion implies an assigned or allotted part. cut the pie into six portions piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole. a puzzle with 500 pieces member suggests one of the functional units composing a body. a structural member division applies to a large or diversified part. the manufacturing division of the company section applies to a relatively small or uniform part. the entertainment section of the newspaper segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage. the retired segment of the population fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off. only a fragment of the play still exists

Examples of member in a Sentence

The club has 300 members. She is a member of the House of Representatives. She is a member of Parliament. a member of the audience This bird is a member of the finch family. countries that are members of the United Nations a horizontal member of a bridge
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The suspects taken into custody were Avenues gang members, according to a source familiar with the arrests. Los Angeles Times, "Two Temecula residents face murder charges in fatal shooting of LAPD Officer Juan Diaz," 6 Aug. 2019 After looking into his whereabouts, task force members discovered Chadwick had emptied his bank accounts of millions of dollars, according to the U.S. Marshals. Robyn Merrett,, "Officials Capture Multi-Millionaire Who Was on the Run for 4 Years After Allegedly Murdering His Wife," 6 Aug. 2019 The site is a message board whose like-minded members post anonymously. Guillermo Contreras,, "Spread of online hate hard for authorities to combat," 6 Aug. 2019 On July 31, Ridgewood Garden Club members spent the morning clearing weeds that had overtaken the flower beds at Stearns Homestead. Carol Kovach,, "Ridgewood Garden Club, city spruce up herb, flower gardens at Stearns Homestead: Sun Postings," 6 Aug. 2019 Yet, the incident was the first of several during the ensuing months involving members of coach Mullen’s program accused of violent acts against women. Edgar Thompson,, "Dan Mullen defends program after another Gator linked to violence against women," 6 Aug. 2019 On December 7, Eric Richards, a member of the SWAT team, was assigned to an undercover sting meant to thwart an online robbery scheme. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "Police Killed Her Boyfriend, Then Charged Her With His Murder," 6 Aug. 2019 This resolution will be announced by Dec. 31 and will give our beloved officials, member institutions and school districts a blueprint for the next 5-10 years. Adam Lichtenstein,, "Broward high school football officials agree to work preseason games; Palm Beach referees still threatening work stoppage," 6 Aug. 2019 Working closely with the board of directors, Rheingold will be responsible for all aspects of chamber operations including member recruitment and retention, event planning and engagement with community and government leaders., "People and Places," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of member

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for member

Middle English membre, from Anglo-French, from Latin membrum; akin to Goth mimz flesh, Greek mēros thigh

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English Language Learners Definition of member

: someone or something that belongs to or is a part of a group or an organization
technical : a part of a structure (such as a building or a bridge)
old-fashioned : a body part (such as an arm or a leg)


mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

Kids Definition of member

1 : someone or something that is part of a group
2 : a part (as an arm or leg) of a person or animal
3 : a part of a structure A supporting member of the roof gave way.


mem·​ber | \ ˈmem-bər How to pronounce member (audio) \

Medical Definition of member

: a body part or organ the thyroid gland may be the offending member— H. A. Overstreet : as
a : limb
b : penis

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