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"membership" in British English

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membershipnoun

uk   /ˈmem.bə.ʃɪp/  us   /ˈmem.bɚ.ʃɪp/
B1 [U] the ​state of ​belonging to an ​organization: You have to apply for membership of the ​sportsclub. a membership fee/​card Annual membership (= the ​amount you have to ​pay to ​join a ​particularorganization for one ​year) is £25.
C1 [C, + sing/pl verb] all the ​people who ​belong to an ​organization: Our membership is/are ​divided on the ​issue. The ​society has a very ​large membership (= ​number of ​members).

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(Definition of membership from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"membership" in American English

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membershipnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈmem·bərˌʃɪp/
the ​state of ​belonging to an ​organization, or an ​agreement by which someone ​joins an ​organization: [U] We ​applied for membership in the ​countryclub. [C] Some ​fitnessclubsselllifetime memberships.
The membership is all the ​members of an ​organization: [U] We ​asked the membership to ​vote on the ​issue.
(Definition of membership from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"membership" in Business English

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membershipnoun

uk   us   /ˈmembəʃɪp/
[C or U] the ​state of belonging to a ​group or ​organization: membership in sth He ​holds membership in a ​number of ​regional and ​nationalorganizations.membership of sth She has promised to use her ​influence and membership of a ​high-leveladvisorygroup to ​lobby for ​change.apply/qualify for membership Employees need to have ​worked here for more than two ​years in ​order to ​qualify for membership of the ​scheme.the cost/benefit of membership One of the ​benefits of membership is ​access to ​freelegaladvice. board/​union membership EU/WTO/NATO membership full/​free membership
[C or U] the ​number of ​people who belong to a ​group or ​organization: The EU's membership has almost ​doubled since 2004.have a membership of sth We ​currently have a membership of more than 11,000 ​professionals, professors, and ​students.declining/falling membership Pooling ​resources will ​help us cope more easily with ​declining membership and ​revenues. membership ​numbers/a membership ​basemembership declines/falls/goes down Membership in ​investmentclubs has ​declined just like the ​stockmarket.membership increases/rises/climbs Party membership has ​risen, by 3,000, for the first ​time in 20 ​years.a decline/increase in membership We get a significant ​increase in membership each ​year, mostly because ​people read about us on the ​Internet.expand/boost/restrict membership The ​appointment was made in the hope of ​strengtheningfinances and ​boosting membership.
[S] members of a ​group or ​organization considered as a ​group: The ​firm has ​failed to ​recognize and ​appreciate what our membership has ​contributed during the past four ​years. Since the ​onlinegroup was ​formed just over a ​year ago, the membership has pretty much ​doubled every month.
(Definition of membership from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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