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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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 Dunbar, an Assembly member from East Anchorage, was leading with 16,458 total votes, or just under 33%. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Another round of early election results show Dunbar, Bronson firmly in place for a runoff in Anchorage mayor’s race," 9 Apr. 2021 Made up of experts from the company’s member health systems around the country, the panel surfaces issues that require remediation in the nation’s response to the pandemic. James Crawford, STAT, "To stem the pandemic, the U.S. needs a national Covid-19 genomic sequencing effort," 9 Apr. 2021 After analyzing the results, the team found lions that had just seen another pride member yawn were 139 times more likely to yawn themselves within three minutes compared to lions that hadn’t seen the behavior. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Contagious Yawning May Keep Lion Prides in Sync," 8 Apr. 2021 Despite the absence of Fair and Moultrie, currently sidelined and recovering from injury, Turner insists there is more than enough opportunity for every member to thrive during spring practice. Evan Dudley, al, "‘Happy medium’: UAB defensive line finding balance in deep rotation," 8 Apr. 2021 Securities offered through AW Securities, a Registered Broker/Dealer, member FINRA/SIPC. Steve Sprovach And Amy Wagner, The Enquirer, "Allworth Advice: Want to keep working forever? You still need a retirement plan," 8 Apr. 2021 Hasson, who will remain with the school as a faculty member in the social studies department, spent three seasons as coach after replacing former coach John Bauersfeld. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Jason Hasson ends tenure as Calvert Hall basketball coach," 8 Apr. 2021 They are paired with a team member who works in another part of the business who has been at our company for a few years. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, "Entrepreneurs: 12 Tips to Improve Collaboration and Move Your Business Forward," 8 Apr. 2021 The arrangement was designed to avoid checks between Northern Ireland and Ireland, an EU member, because an open Irish border has helped underpin the peace process built on the 1998 Good Friday accord. Fox News, "Northern Ireland leaders call for calm after night of rioting," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of member was in the 14th century

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11 Apr 2021

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“Member.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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