Definition of member in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛmbə/


1A person, animal, or plant belonging to a particular group: interest from members of the public a member of the lily family the bird is the sole member of its species left in the wild
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  • She was the sole member of her immediate family to survive, although she suffered serious head, leg and throat injuries.
  • To throw items at buses carrying members of the public is just mindless.
  • Employees, family members and friends competed with one another in contests of brain and brawn.
1.1A person, country, or organization that has joined a group, society, or team: she’s an active member of Greenpeace [as modifier]: the EU’s member countries
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  • He possesses impressive legal credentials and is a fellow member of the Federalist Society.
  • I was an active member of the Tolkien Society at the time of the first film.
  • At university, I was an active member of a society for magicians.
subscriber, associate, representative, attender, insider, fellow, comrade, adherent, life member, founder member, card-carrying member;
supporter, follower, upholder, advocate, disciple, sectary
1.2 (Member) A person formally elected to certain legislative bodies: Member of Parliament for Stretford
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  • Why have they misled opinion formers and policy makers like the Council and Members of Parliament?
  • He was a past president of the Association of Former Members of the Parliament of New Zealand.
  • In 1689, he was elected a Member of Parliament for the University, and he moved to London.
1.3Used in the title awarded to a person admitted to certain honours: Member of the Order of the British Empire
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  • Murray was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to Association football on June 12, 2006 as part of the Queen's Birthday honours list.
  • Ronald Gillespie, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, will be invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in Ottawa this morning.
constituent, element, component, part, portion, piece, unit, factor, feature, attribute
2A constituent piece of a complex structure, especially a component of a load-bearing structure: the main member that joins the front and rear axles
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  • If main structural members are to be cut the load must be carried by temporary braces.
  • Hardwire can even be used on structural steel members to increase their capacity.
  • Furthermore the use of bracing using diagonal members to make a structure stiff was well known.
2.1A part of a sentence, equation, mathematical set, etc.
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  • We can use any one of the three letters in CAT as the first member of a permutation.
  • He compared two infinitely large sets and stated that they have an equal number of members.
  • No matter which two matrices are chosen, their matrix product will be a member of I.
3 archaic A part of the body, especially a limb.
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  • The skeleton, which is formed by the union of about 200 bones, is divided like the body into head, trunk, and members.
  • It is very clearly apparent from the admonitions of Galen how great is the usefulness of a knowledge of the bones, since the bones are the foundation of the rest of the parts of the body and all the members rest upon them and are supported, as proceeding from a primary base.
3.1 (also male member) Used euphemistically to refer to the penis. Compare with membrum virile.
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  • Men keep exposing themselves to her, but she remains sternly unimpressed: the male member is easily available anywhere.
  • Despite the film's mild obsession with the male member, it contains enough entertaining moments and individual performances to justify its existence.
  • One of the most common misconceptions about our penis is the average size of the male member.



[in combination]: chiefly Chemistry a six-membered oxygen-containing ring


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  • Historically we have had no problems with memberless parties.
  • The main occupation of memberless advocacy groups has been to press for more, not less, government spending.
  • In this detraction, the church growth movement has quickly cultivated a memberless church and has appealed and marketed to the ‘individual Christian.’


Middle English: via Old French from Latin membrum 'limb'.

Words that rhyme with member

Bemba, December, ember, November, Pemba, September

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