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[mem-ber-ship] /ˈmɛm bərˌʃɪp/
the state of being a member, as of a society or club.
the status of a member.
the total number of members belonging to an organization, society, etc.
Origin of membership
1640-50; member + -ship Unabridged
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  • Where community was fate, organization is voluntary membership.
  • The organization's operations were in the red, and membership was limited.
  • The organization is notoriously difficult to study, thanks to its insistence on anonymity and its fluid membership.
  • Group texting is logical when membership has already been delineated-for the team-mates on a project, for example.
  • The membership list is fluid and changes as members resign, die or leave the club.
  • If a group is publicly visible, anyone can see its membership.
  • His good fortune had also brought him a lakeside summer home, a yacht and membership in the country club.
  • Its membership includes the entire spectrum of academia, as well as non-academics who are interested in science at all levels.
  • Clique membership is the perfect breeding ground for this kind of behavior.
  • If you have a question about your subscription or membership, visit the membership service page.
British Dictionary definitions for membership


the members of an organization collectively
the state of being a member
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Word Origin and History for membership

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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