mem·​ber·​ship | \ ˈmem-bər-ˌship How to pronounce membership (audio) \
plural memberships

Definition of membership

1 : the state or status of being a member
2 : the body of members an organization with a large membership
3 mathematics : the relation between an element of a set (see set entry 2 sense 21) or class and the set or class itself — compare inclusion sense 3a

Examples of membership in a Sentence

What is the cost of a one-year membership? Membership in the club doubled last year. clubs that are hoping to increase their membership The club has a large membership. clubs that are hoping to increase their memberships
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Recent Examples on the Web Removal from the bar association, a voluntary membership organization dating to 1876, is not the same as being disbarred and banned from practicing law. Michael R. Sisak,, "Bar association seeks Giuliani ban over ‘combat’ remarks," 11 Jan. 2021 The council’s membership will be slightly different this time. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Seven apply for upcoming vacancy on Alaska Supreme Court," 11 Jan. 2021 Covington Business Association President Michael Hunley said registration is free through his organization and a CBA membership is not required. Staff Report,, "Carnival enthusiasts turning homes, businesses and dog houses into 'house floats'," 10 Jan. 2021 The Trump Organization doubled membership initiation fees to $200,000 in 2017, with annual dues of $14,000. Washington Post, "Mar-a-Lago should be shut down after New Year’s Eve party violated covid rules, state lawmaker says," 5 Jan. 2021 The diet doesn't require membership fees up front, or for dieters to buy branded foods, but a book of tips and guidelines may help you get started. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Mayo Clinic Diet? Our Nutritionist Explains How This Program Aids Weight Loss," 4 Jan. 2021 Union membership has been on the decline for several decades, but Ms. Allen said interest in organizing has been rising of late. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Google Employees Form Union to Push for Changes," 4 Jan. 2021 President Tony Tomanek recently announced that the membership voted on the addition of four new members, as well as extending the term of its treasurer, Sandi Gerhan. cleveland, "Avon Lake Historical Society appoints new board members: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville," 2 Jan. 2021 Amex recently also added a few new perks to the Amex Gold, including a complimentary Uber Eats Pass membership for up to 12 months when card members enroll by December 31, 2021. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "Are you using the right credit card when ordering food for delivery?," 2 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of membership

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of membership was in 1614

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19 Jan 2021

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“Membership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of membership

: the state of belonging to or being a part of a group or an organization : the state of being a member
: all the people or things that belong to or are part of an organization or a group


mem·​ber·​ship | \ ˈmem-bər-ˌship How to pronounce membership (audio) \

Kids Definition of membership

1 : the state or fact of belonging to a group
2 : the whole number of individuals that make up a group The membership voted to increase dues.

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