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Etymology edit

From member +‎ -ship.

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Noun edit

membership (countable and uncountable, plural memberships)

  1. The state of being a member of a group or organization.
    The terms of membership agreement were vague.
    He has memberships in clubs in three cities.
  2. The body of members of an organization.
    The memberships of the state chapters elect delegates to the national convention.
  3. (mathematics) The fact of being a member of a set.

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Verb edit

membership (third-person singular simple present memberships, present participle membershipping, simple past and past participle membershipped)

  1. (transitive, sociolinguistics) To classify (someone) as belonging to a certain group or community.
    • 1975 April, Malcolm Coulthard, “Discourse Analysis in English – A Short Review of the Literature”, in Language Teaching, volume 8, number 2, →DOI, page 83:
      Whatever the topic of the conversation the speaker must ‘membership’ his listener, put him into one of two or more mutually exclusive boxes. Each time a topic changes the listener must be re-membershipped, and during a conversation the same person may be membershipped as a doctor, a rugby player, a liberal, a gardener, a bridge player.