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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The latest show of the royal family's holiday spirit comes courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces, the charity responsible for looking after many palaces in the UK, including some inhabited by current members of the royal family. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "See the Epic Christmas Tree at Kensington Palace, Where Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Live," 8 Dec. 2018 Security pros, hash crackers, fledgling programmers, and a few members of the curious public. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Want to Be A Hacker? Go to Dallas.," 4 Dec. 2018 Nick's parents, Denise and Paul, along with Priyanka's mother, Madhu, and other members of her family were also spotted on arrival. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Weekend," 29 Nov. 2018 Every member of the family will love this buzzy kitchen appliance, which cooks using just a small amount of oil. Adam Schubak, Good Housekeeping, "We Figured Out How You Can Buy All Your Christmas Gifts on a $500 Budget," 21 Nov. 2018 Microsoft later re-released the update to members of its Insider program for testing. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve," 13 Nov. 2018 Seeing a threat from encryption, the US and other members of the Five Eyes group (the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada) have agreed to look at ways to require backdoors to secured communications again. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "The Snowden Legacy, part one: What’s changed, really?," 21 Nov. 2018 And then there were the violent acts and threats leading up to the election that contributed to an environment that left many voters, in particular people of color and members of minority groups, increasingly disempowered. Bree Newsome, SELF, "The 2018 Midterm Elections Proved That Change Must Happen from the Ground Up," 15 Nov. 2018 Estephanie De La Cruz is an undocumented organizer in Texas and a member of the Build The Dream leadership cohort at United We Dream, which is developing youth leaders across the country. Judith Ohikuare, Seventeen, "Activism Fatigue Is Real And Here's How You Can Fight Against It," 17 Oct. 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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