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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Rules are less permanent, since they can be amended by the board with 30 days’ notice to the members. Kelly G. Richardson,, "HOA Homefront: Are these rules valid?," 14 July 2018 The members also get together to do repairs to the building as well as the train layout. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Model railroad club still operates in a historic train station hiding in plain sight in the Harbor District," 13 July 2018 Lessard said the new songs were crafted very democratically, with Donicht generally bringing in a song or concept and the other two members filling in around it. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Life Ain’t Fairview Trio explores grittier side of Anchorage life in second album," 13 July 2018 The members of Joshua Salas’ family of five have endured an unfortunate slew of medical problems, but the Affordable Care Act’s protections for people with pre-existing or chronic conditions have made their situation at least manageable. Austin Horn, San Antonio Express-News, "With ACA under attack, a family racked by illness wonders what will happen to their health coverage," 13 July 2018 The ten members of the DUP provide the victory margin. Arthur I. Cyr, Lake County News-Sun, "Cyr: Britain’s prime minister takes charge of cabinet," 13 July 2018 Britain is the only EU member without a statutory time limit on the detention of migrants, with thousands held in detention centers for months or years. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "'Trump Baby' flies as protesters in UK galvanize against US president," 13 July 2018 Then, the other founding members hit the stage, joined by bassist Jack Bates (whose dad is Peter Hook of Joy Division and New Order), guitarist Jeff Schroeder and Katie Cole on a variety of instruments and harmonies. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Smashing Pumpkins launch 2018 reunion tour in Phoenix with 3-hour show," 13 July 2018 Straily’s performance could also open up a trade market for the 29-year-old who is the second-oldest member of the Marlins rotation. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd," 12 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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