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membership

[mem-ber-ship] /ˈmɛm bərˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the state of being a member, as of a society or club.
2.
the status of a member.
3.
the total number of members belonging to an organization, society, etc.
Origin of membership
1640-1650
1640-50; member + -ship
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membership

/ˈmɛmbəˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
the members of an organization collectively
2.
the state of being a member
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n.

1640s, "state of being a member," from member + -ship. Meaning "number of members" is from 1850.

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