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 This is a unanimous decision by every member as each of them stated they are sworn to uphold their oath. Meg Cunningham, ABC News, 8 June 2021 Every team member has a unique role that is essential to the group’s overall success. Shama Hyder, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Van Halen ceased to exist the moment that Eddie Van Halen died in October 2020, but there’s talk of a tribute concert in his honor that could include every surviving member of the band. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 7 June 2021 In fact, every member of Congress should have these questions in the back of his mind. Sean-michael Pigeon, National Review, 7 June 2021 New maps ensure every member of a city council, for example, represents the same number of constituents — and therefore ensures everyone’s vote carries the same weight. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 June 2021 Fox News reached out to every member on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, but only Rubio agreed to comment on the upcoming report. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 5 June 2021 Whatever is required to better ensure their safety, to better ensure their well-being, should be checked on every FOP member’s ballot. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, 4 June 2021 Wagner earned four points, and every member of her team got an extra fifty. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, 3 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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10 Jun 2021

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“Member.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/member. Accessed 12 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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