member

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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

whole

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Boards of real-estate investment trusts added 60 new female members, or 50.4% of the 119 new directors, during the 2019 spring proxy season, according to professional-services company Ferguson Partners. Esther Fung, WSJ, "Old Boys’ Club Gives Ground as More Women Join Real-Estate Boards," 9 July 2019 Organizers spent nearly three years planning the most recent event, receiving input from school administrators, community members and, most notably, a steering committee of high school students who helped decide the murals’ themes. Amanda Svachula, New York Times, "Maya Angelou, Reimagined Through Art," 9 July 2019 As for motive, more than half of the attackers had a grievance against a spouse or family member, or a personal or workplace dispute. Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "Secret Service studies Mercy Hospital shooting and other U.S. mass attacks to ‘identify warning signs'," 9 July 2019 Cavazos, a member of the ensemble, has been involved since the show’s pre-Broadway workshops. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Jerusha Cavazos has enjoyed a magical ‘Prom’ on Broadway," 9 July 2019 Last year, Ben Bartlett, a member of the Berkeley city council, proposed an unusual idea to his colleagues: putting affordable housing on the blockchain. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "How a Blockchain Could Help Roll Out Berkeley’s Next Fire Truck," 9 July 2019 One day after second quarter fundraising ended last week, Hickenlooper's campaign confirmed at least six staffers, including senior members, had either left his campaign or would be leaving in the near future. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Hickenlooper vows to stay in Democratic presidential race, says Senate bid isn't "his calling"," 8 July 2019 Swalwell already faces a primary challenger in that race, Hayward City Council member Aisha Wahab, a progressive Afghan-American. Allan Smith, NBC News, "Swalwell ends presidential campaign less than two weeks after first debate," 8 July 2019 The final performers at KCON New York 2019, Seventeen was down one member, Boo Seungkwan who recently injured his ankle, but brought an immense amount of energy and had the entire crowd dancing in their seats. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "NU'EST Cover Adam Levine, The Boyz Dance to Billie Eilish & More KCON 2019 New York Concert Highlights," 8 July 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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member

noun

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)

member

noun
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.

member

noun
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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