membership

noun
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 The group with the lowest percentage of membership was liberals at 35%. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Church ‘membership’ below 50% for first time, 'thousands' of churches close yearly," 29 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, the annual domestic first class companion certificate that comes with the Delta Reserve card doesn’t appear until the start of your second year of card membership. Darren Murph, CNN Underscored, "A credit card for elite Delta flyers: The Delta SkyMiles Reserve American Express," 24 Mar. 2021 Earn 90,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Delta's New Credit Card Offers Come With Bonuses Up to 90,000 Miles," 22 Mar. 2021 After years of declining union membership, recent polling indicates that public support for unions in the U.S. is on the rise. Rey Mashayekhi, Fortune, "Rubio endorsing Amazon workers’ union push signals a political shift in organized labor’s favor," 15 Mar. 2021 The important exception to this requirement is executive session, in which the board discusses matters which for important reasons must be confidential and not discussed in front of the membership. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "HOA Homefront — Behind closed doors: What is (and Is NOT) OK in closed session," 13 Mar. 2021 In response, the academy has introduced a number of initiatives devoted to boosting the racial and gender diversity of a membership widely thought to be dominated by older white men. Mikael Wood, chicagotribune.com, "Commentary: Awards shows are dying. Then COVID shoveled on the dirt. Cue the 2021 Grammys!," 12 Mar. 2021 In response, the academy has introduced a number of initiatives devoted to boosting the racial and gender diversity of a membership widely thought to be dominated by older white men. Los Angeles Times, "Awards shows are dying. Then COVID shoveled on the dirt. Cue the 2021 Grammys!," 12 Mar. 2021 The Pro Act, a White House priority, would allow unions in the roughly two dozen states with right-to-work laws to override those laws and collect dues from workers who opt out of union membership. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Covid-19 Aid Bill Stimulates Political Ads," 12 Mar. 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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1 Apr 2021

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“Membership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membership. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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membership

noun

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

membership

noun
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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