Meaning of “membership” in the English Dictionary

"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 sports club.
a membership fee/card
Annual membership (= the amount you have to pay to join a particular organization 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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  • We're going to give up our sports club membership after this year.
  • They refused to admit her, not least because she hadn't got her membership card with her.
  • They argue that the membership of the Council does not reflect the racial make-up of the city.
  • Every year I renew my membership of the sports club.
  • The membership fees at the golf club are pretty steep.

(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 country club.
[ C ] Some fitness clubs sell lifetime 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 /ˈmembəʃɪp/ us

[ C or U ] the state of belonging to a group or organization:

membership in sth He holds membership in a number of regional and national organizations.
membership of sth She has promised to use her influence and membership of a high-level advisory group 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 free legal advice.
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 base
membership declines/falls/goes down Membership in investment clubs has declined just like the stock market.
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 strengthening finances 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 online group 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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