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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Taste of Love is the first top 10 for the nine-member act. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 20 June 2021 The agency’s staff has recommended that its seven-member board approve the resolution. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2021 This nine-member commission was formed in early April. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 18 June 2021 The newspaper reported only one member of the department has not been infected—that person is vaccinated. Nicholas Reimann, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Only one council member, Scott Alvord, voted against upholding the current rules and allowing additional flags to be flown. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 Four people from the nine-member group were rescued later that day, Cates said. Virginia Chamlee, PEOPLE.com, 18 June 2021 One community member scoured town election records to find the matching handwriting. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 18 June 2021 While trying to treat the woman, police had to call more officers because of a fight that broke out between two fraternity members, other drunk members interfering and one member who began arguing with police about the drunk woman, Curti explained. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 17 June 2021

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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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The first known use of member was in the 14th century

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22 Jun 2021

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“Member.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/member. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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