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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Before this morning's reception, Anne visited an organization called Citizens Advice Leighton-Linslade in Bedfordshire, which provides information to community members seeking advice about their rights. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Anne Supported Her Brother at the 50th Anniversary of Prince Charles's Investiture Today," 5 Mar. 2019 Meghan Markle's family members have already made quite the impression in their relatively short time in the spotlight. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle's Family," 4 Mar. 2019 Three crew members wore oxygen masks while conducting tests on Crew Dragon's air supply and retrieving the vessel's cargo load, according to the report. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX's First Manned Mission to The ISS Could Come as Quickly as July," 4 Mar. 2019 Host Jake DuPree chats with AJ Michalka, star of the new show Schooled, a spin-off of The Goldbergs, and former member of the musical duo Aly & AJ. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "AJ Michalka from "Schooled" Talks All Things Prom on Seventeen's Talk Show "IRL Today"," 4 Mar. 2019 One crew member immediately runs afoul of a viral shaming campaign, for which the penalty of not getting enough upvotes is a lobotomy. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Orville blends science fiction and science fact into a winning mix," 29 Dec. 2018 And on the Other Side of Town Award Chicago’s Sweetwater Foundation had community members hand-build a fabulous translucent barn on its communal garden space. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Johnson and other council members were upset about being denied oversight of the plan — but that wasn’t on Amazon alone. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "New York City council members railed against Amazon in the hope of renegotiating the HQ2 deal," 12 Dec. 2018 Until recent times these family members were funded by the taxpayer. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "How Queen Elizabeth's Fortune Is Divided Among the Members of the Royal Family," 16 Feb. 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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