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
Recent Examples on the Web This deal is only available for users with an Amazon Prime membership. PCMAG, 16 Sep. 2022 The post has a membership of over 200 members, officials said. Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2022 As a kid growing up in Roxbury, Andrea Swain, 57, advocated for girls to have membership for the boys-only Yawkey Club of Roxbury., 2 Sep. 2022 Once your trial ends, a Prime membership costs $139 per year. John Lonsdale, Rolling Stone, 11 Aug. 2022 An Amazon Prime membership costs $14.99 monthly or $139.99 a year. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 Weekends were spent goofing off at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Sand and Pool Club, where his family had a membership. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 July 2022 Meanwhile, Bilal learned his son and his brother were required to have a club membership of some kind and officially enroll their handicaps. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2022 As issues surrounding children gained national attention, an emerging section of 1980’s media obsessed over child safety issues, including kidnapping, pedophilia, child abuse and cult membership. Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of membership

1614, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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28 Sep 2022

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“Membership.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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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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