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

Definition of membership

1 : the state or status of being a member
2 : the body of members an organization with a large membership
3 : the relation between an element of a set or class and the set or class — 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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Employees enjoy discounts to gym memberships, cellular service providers, EAP resources, real estate services, Tickets at Work discounts on Disneyland, Vegas shows and concerts. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 Ford GoBike also offers monthly and annual memberships, and those will continue under Bay Wheels. Carolyn Said,, "Lyft renames bike rentals as Bay Wheels," 11 June 2019 With nominations for the leadership contest due today, the candidates are keen to boost their support among the party membership, who will have the final say on who becomes the next leader. The Economist, "Conservative Party leadership contenders propose tax cuts for high-earners," 10 June 2019 On June 20, the first 50 guests at 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. may receive a membership in the Free Scoop of the Month Club, meaning one free scoop of chicken salad per month for 12 months. William Thornton |,, "Chicken Salad Chick opening Oxford location," 10 June 2019 Tencent’s WeChat Pay and Ant Financial Alipay dominate digital payments in China (membership). John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The IMF is worried that big tech could make the financial system less stable," 10 June 2019 Wealthy people are also more likely to buy services or goods that aren't subject to tariffs, such as gym memberships, entertainment or restaurant meals. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Here's who the U.S. tariffs on Mexico would hurt most," 7 June 2019 One thing is certain, at least: Brexit is not primarily about Britain’s membership in the European Union, and never was. Jonathan Coe, Time, "How Brexit Broke Britain and Revealed a Country at War With Itself," 6 June 2019 That said, when the question was asked in the context of a comparison with the benefits of European Union membership, those who understood how the EU works were much more positive about the potential of AfCFTA. Yinka Adegoke, Quartz Africa, "So we have an African free trade agreement. Now what?," 2 June 2019

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First Known Use of membership

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of membership was in 1643

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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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