noun, often attributive
mem·ber | \ˈmem-bər \

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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That transition will be made a bit easier thanks to several members of the Carpentersville community. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "Carpentersville man who lost legs in boating accident getting wheelchair-friendly house from team of volunteers," 14 July 2018 While some children have been turned over to family members, thousands are still in shelters and foster homes run by the government and nonprofit groups. Sarah Kinosian, Teen Vogue, "Reunification Proves Complicated for Families Separated at the U.S.-Mexico Border," 14 July 2018 As an apology, the company is giving away $15 vouchers to Bonus Club members. Doreen Christensen,, "Dear Doreen's Deals: Locked-up carts at Aldi keep prices low; what's tax-free for back to school," 13 July 2018 The actual summit is on the Fort Apache Reservation, where access is restricted to tribal members. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 best hikes in Arizona show off state's diverse scenery," 13 July 2018 Media: GeoBeats One of the more recent encounters, according to committee members, involved an alligator lunging at a pet in East End Park. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Houston gators, River Grove boat ramp: 3 highlights from the July KSA Parks meeting," 13 July 2018 The company issued a press release Thursday afternoon apologizing for the mishap and saying Build-A-Bear would offer vouchers to Bonus Club members in the next few days, which would be honored through the end of August. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Build-A-Bear promotion made families wait hours – and then it closed," 12 July 2018 Street sign tiles pay homage to family members who have died: Calle de Mama Suz (misspelled Mama Zus), Calle de David, Calle Esperanza, etc. star-telegram, "A day in the life of Joe T. Garcia's," 11 July 2018 The online sale exclusive to Prime members offers over a million rapid-fire deals on TVs, smart home gadgets, kitchen items, groceries, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances, back-to-school supplies, and everyday essentials. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "How to Know if Amazon Prime Is Truly Worth It for You and Your Family," 10 July 2018

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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

: a part of a structure (such as a building or a bridge)

: a body part (such as an arm or a leg)


mem·ber | \ˈmem-bər \

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 \

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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