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 membership of USA Gymnastics is still about 67-percent White, with only 4.6 percent identifying as African American, 5.4 percent as Hispanic and 7.7 percent selecting two or more races, according to data provided by the organization. Emily Giambalvo, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 The membership has grown from about 50 at the beginning to 300 today. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Everyone seemed to remember all at once a CNN poll from May which found that, although the entire Democratic membership of Congress had been vaccinated, the number was as low as forty-five per cent for House Republicans. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 22 July 2021 About 4 million members of UnitedHealthcare will have access to the Peloton App and a 12-month subscription to the Peloton digital membership, which will give them access to a range of live and on-demand fitness classes. Patrick Kennedy, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 The most crippling recent blow to the membership’s power came when Bach took away its biggest responsibility: voting on host cities. New York Times, 20 July 2021 Indeed, the membership of the caucus consists of lawmakers from Western states where officials are battling disastrous wildfires punctuated this summer with record-breaking heat waves. al, 18 July 2021 At about half of the companies reviewed, the board membership had more representation for people of color than among the business's executives, although men of color were much more likely to hold those seats than women. USA Today, 18 July 2021 Wellman said the shifting membership of the board appears to be motivated by the Batistatos contract renewal process and ongoing concerns by some about the CEO’s pay and compensation. Carrie Napoleon,, 14 July 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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30 Jul 2021

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“Membership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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