mem·ber·ship | \ˈmem-bər-ˌship \

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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Many customers wanted to cancel an Amazon Prime membership after the trial period ended and they were charged what was then a $99 fee. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Amazon Prime Day: Gift cards, coupons and other scams to watch for," 14 July 2018 Common Good may also have a liquor locker or membership program where the team will curate ingredients for a fee. Grace Wong,, "Common Good aims to create new cocktail culture in western suburbs," 13 July 2018 No membership is needed to sample the float available in the Sam’s Club Café, which are open to everyone. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "What's the scoop? See the deals Sunday for National Ice Cream Day," 13 July 2018 Three years later, probate lawyer Harley Herman launched a one-man fight to gain recognition for Hawkins’ civil rights achievements, and the state’s high court posthumously reinstated Hawkins’ Bar membership. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake County owes Virgil Hawkins recognition and a thank you for role in civil rights struggle," 12 July 2018 France recently came close to torpedoing the start of EU membership talks for Macedonia and Albania. The Economist, "How policy debates in Europe become untethered from reality," 12 July 2018 The Klan gained particularly formidable power in Oregon, especially in my hometown, Portland; Oregon shared with Indiana the distinction of having the highest per capita Klan membership. Longreads, "Oregon’s Racist Past," 12 July 2018 Monthly memberships start at $69 for individuals with a $49 initiation fee, which is waived for the military, students and teachers. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio joins other Texas cities with its own standalone bouldering gym," 11 July 2018 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which has been a keystone of global security since its formation in 1949, does not involve a membership that collects dues. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe the U.S. Money. He's Wrong," 11 July 2018

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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 \

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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