Definition of member noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmembə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmembər//
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  1. 1  member (of something) a person, an animal or a plant that belongs to a particular group a member of staff/society/the family characteristics common to all members of the species
  2. 2  a person, a country or an organization that has joined a particular group, club or team party/union members a meeting of member countries/states How much does it cost to become a member? member of something an active member of the local church a founder member of the conservation group Little is known about the third member of the band. see also service member WordfinderAGM, the chair, club, hobby, member, newsletter, secretary, society, subscription, treasurer
  3. 3 (old use or literary) a part of the body, especially an arm or a leg
  4. 4 a penis. People say member to avoid saying penis.
  5. 5Member (in Britain) a Member of Parliament the Hon. Member for Brent North see also private member See related entries: Parliament
  6. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin membrum ‘limb’.Extra examples 10% of club members participated in this year’s election. All members of staff will receive a bonus. Audience members voted on their favorite presentations. Biographies are available for the cast members. Future plans will depend on member participation and input in the coming months. He was a paid-up member of the Communist Party. I’ve become a member of our local sports club. She had now become a regular member of the cast of singers. She’s an active member of her local church. Subscriptions are cheaper for individual members. They were card-carrying members of the Party. WTO members approved the plan. We must recruit new members to survive. a life member of the Red Cross a minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee my good friend and fellow member of the council the five permanent members of the UN Security Council the member churches of the Baptist Union the surviving members of the band ‘I am grateful to the honourable member for his kind remarks.’ In 1956, he returned to Parliament as member for Hampstead. The letter was signed by a number of Labour MPs, including the member for Warrington North.
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