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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Recent Examples on the Web

My neighborhood offers a free membership at our gym, along with a personal trainer. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: Am I Too Young to Lift Weights?," 23 Jan. 2019 Those flying business or signature class on Air Canada have access to the lounge, as do fliers who bought access with a Maple Leaf club membership or tack it onto their flight fare. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "LaGuardia Airport Is Slowly Getting Better, Starting With Terminal B," 5 Dec. 2018 For customers armed with a Prime membership, thousands of deals will go live today starting 3 p.m. EST/noon PST and continuing for 36 hours. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Amazon Prime Day deals for the home," 16 July 2018 For any questions or inquiries, do not contact the venue, please email the membership team., "Tour the historic Old Mint," 11 July 2018 The shop also features a 24-hour tanning booth, available with a membership. Brittany Britto,, "Weekend adventure: A visitor's guide to history-rich Cambridge," 2 July 2018 The club’s membership team discussed community service goals. Linda Mcintosh,, "Woman's group recruits new members," 16 May 2018 Spevak realized that membership had become not just a want but a daily necessity for many patrons. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019 Votes are due to be held Wednesday on options that could include remaining in the EU’s single market and customs union, calling a new membership referendum and canceling Brexit — all ideas that May has repeatedly rejected. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "UK government defiant as Parliament takes control of Brexit," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of membership

1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Apr 2019

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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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