membership

noun
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 Amazon and business groups celebrated the decision, saying warehouse workers got a chance to weigh the pros and cons of union membership -- and voted to reject it. BostonGlobe.com, "After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss," 10 Apr. 2021 Amazon and business groups celebrated the decision, saying warehouse workers got a chance to weigh the pros and cons of union membership — and voted to reject it. Paul Wiseman And Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "After Amazon: Labor movement tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss," 10 Apr. 2021 Earn 100,000 Marriott Bonvoy points after spending $5,000 within three months of card membership. Kim Hawk, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott's Bonvoy Business Card Has a 100,000-Point Welcome Offer," 9 Apr. 2021 Patreon, which isn’t profitable at this point, offers three levels of membership for creators and takes a 5% to 12% cut of the monthly income earned, plus a payment processing fee. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Patreon’s Valuation Triples to $4 Billion as Platform Draws Creators, Fans," 7 Apr. 2021 Black members make up a tiny percentage of church membership. CBS News, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints calls out racism and sees abortion as evil," 5 Apr. 2021 Black members make up a tiny percentage of church membership. al, "Mormon leaders decry abortion as evil, call out racism," 3 Apr. 2021 Black members make up a tiny percentage of church membership. Brady Mccombs, Star Tribune, "Mormon leaders decry abortion as evil, call out racism," 3 Apr. 2021 As part of one’s membership, travelers can participate in free training seminars for living on the road and workshops for working remotely. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Living Nowhere," 30 Mar. 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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12 Apr 2021

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“Membership.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/membership. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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membership

noun

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

membership

noun
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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