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


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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Ned Stark beheaded a member of the Night's Watch and then publicly lost his own head. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests How Tyrion Lannister Might Die," 3 May 2019 Despite the lows, there have been some highs: the Browns celebrated Noah's wedding to his fiancée and welcomed a new member to the family when the couple's first son was born. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Gets Candid About Her Struggle With Depression," 28 Apr. 2019 In an announcement on Twitter, SpaceIL board member Morris Kahn confirmed that the company was ready to try again with a new lander, named Beresheet Shtayim (which means 'two' in Hebrew). Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceIL Will Try Again After Last Week's Failed Moon Landing," 15 Apr. 2019 Maibert is a member of the Association of Safe Piercing (ASAP), which is a sister organization of the Association of Professional Piercers (APP) in the States and is recognized internationally. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "A Man Had Part of His Ear Cut Out in a Controversial “Conch Removal” Procedure," 28 Mar. 2019 The top three vote-getters would likely become the next school board members. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 Despite their continually adorable antics, the members of BTS have yet to be awarded a trophy for world's most adorable band. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Jimin of BTS Is Asleep in a Photo With TXT and Lee Hyun, and the ARMY Has a Lot of Thoughts," 29 Apr. 2019 The youngest member of the Brown family speaks candidly about her personal life on social media and is particularly passionate about discussing mental health. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Rain Brown Gets Candid About Her Struggle With Depression," 28 Apr. 2019 The Surface Go is the only member of Microsoft’s Surface lineup that currently includes it. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds phone notification support, dictation languages to new Windows 10 Insider build," 26 Apr. 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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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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