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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Women make up 75 percent of leaders and membership in local chapters of Indivisible, an organization that's mobilized the resistance nationwide. Cecile Richards, Glamour, "Five Activists Criss-Crossed the Country to Hear from Women. Here's What They Learned.," 6 Nov. 2018 At the height of its prominence, there are estimates that approximately 10% of Colorado’s male population had membership in the organization, according to Golden History Museum and Park in Golden, Colorado. Taylor Crumpton, Teen Vogue, "The Real-Life Story Behind "BlacKkKlansman"," 10 Aug. 2018 France is seeking the 38-year-old for alleged cybercrime, money laundering, membership in a criminal organization and extortion. Washington Post, "Greek court rules to extradite cybercrime suspect to France," 13 July 2018 Amazon has since been integrating the chain into its larger business, including marketing its voice assistants and discount membership in stores., "Amazon takes a page from Toys 'R' Us with a holiday catalog," 5 July 2018 Since Republicans in Lansing enacted Michigan's right-to-work law barring unions from collecting fair-share fees from nonmembers, membership in the UAW has actually grown. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Why unions will survive Supreme Court anti-labor decision," 27 June 2018 Each has earned signature membership in the Louisiana Watercolor Society - allowing them to display LWS after their names - after being accepted into the annual LWS International Exhibition three times. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: Two exhibitions will showcase talents of female artists," 23 May 2018 Each membership gives you a certain number of credits to use each month. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "My 8 Favorite Hacks to Take Group Fitness Classes Without Paying Full Price," 12 Feb. 2019 AllBright also announced the opening of its first U.S. membership club in Los Angeles, set to be completed later this summer, with founding members Olivia Wilde, Meg Whitman, Jameela Jamil, Maria Bello, and Maha Dakhil on board. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Career Club Is the Global Sisterhood You've Always Wanted," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of membership

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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