membership

a) The state of being a member of a group or organization.

He has memberships in clubs in three cities.

b) The body of members of an organization.

The memberships of the state chapters elect delegates to the national convention.


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  • membership — mem‧ber‧ship [ˈmembəʆɪp ǁ ər ] noun [uncountable] 1. the fact of being a member of a club or an organization: • Both countries are now applying for membership of the European Union. 2. the number of people who belong to a club or an organization …   Financial and business terms

  • membership — • Her acceptance of this role has…given enormous pleasure to the membership B. Grant, 1990. The use of membership to mean ‘members collectively’ (e.g. of a trade union) was noted by Gowers (1965) as ‘now rife and corrupting other words’. Its use… …   Modern English usage

  • Membership — Mem ber*ship, n. 1. The state of being a member. [1913 Webster] 2. The collective body of members, as of a society. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • membership — index affiliation (connectedness), constituency, roll Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • membership — (n.) 1640s, state of being a member, from MEMBER (Cf. member) + SHIP (Cf. ship). Meaning number of members is from 1850 …   Etymology dictionary

  • membership — [n] belonging to organization; those belonging to a group associates, association, body, club, company, enrollment, fellows, group, members, participation, society; concepts 381,417 …   New thesaurus

  • membership — [mem′bərship΄] n. 1. the state of being, or status as, a member: with in or, in Brit. usage, of 2. members collectively, as of an organization 3. the number of members …   English World dictionary

  • membership — mem|ber|ship W2S2 [ˈmembəʃıp US ər ] n 1.) [U] when someone is a member of a club, group, or organization membership of ▪ Greece first applied for membership of the EU in 1975. membership in AmE ▪ I forgot to renew my membership in the sailing… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • membership — n. 1) to apply for membership 2) to grant membership 3) to drop, resign one s membership 4) closed; open membership 5) (an) agency, institutional; associate; full; honorary; individual; life membership 6) membership in (AE), of (BE) (membership… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • membership — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ associate, corporate, full, group, honorary ▪ annual, lifetime, trial ▪ one week trial memberships …   Collocations dictionary

  • membership — [[t]me̱mbə(r)ʃɪp[/t]] ♦♦♦ memberships 1) N UNCOUNT: also N in pl Membership of an organization is the state of being a member of it. ...his membership of the Communist Party... He sent me a membership form... Membership in her church youth group… …   English dictionary

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