From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmembermem‧ber /ˈmembə $ -ər/ ●●● S1 W1 noun [countable] 1 MEMBERa person or country that belongs to a group or organization The majority of union members voted in favour of a strike.member of You can also invite members of your family. He is a member of the local tennis club.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say there are 3/4/5 etc people in their family rather than saying that their family has 3/4/5 etc members: My family has eight members. → There are eight people in my family.2 MEMBERone of a particular group of animals or plantsmember of The plant is a member of the lily family. Wolves and domestic dogs are members of the same species.3 British EnglishPGO a Member of Parliamentmember for the member for Truro4 formalHBH a man’s sex organ syn penisCOLLOCATIONSverbsbe a member of somethingLisa is a member of the hockey team.become a memberGermany became a member of N.A.T.O. in 1954.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + membera committee/staff/family etc memberClose friendships developed between crew members on the ship.a leading member (=an important member)a discussion between leading members of the professiona senior/junior member (=with a higher or lower rank)A senior member of the government has resigned.an active member (=one who takes part in many activities of an organization)She was an active member of the church.a founder member (=one who helped start an organization)He was a founder member of the African National Congress.a staff memberHe became a staff member of the Institute in 2002.a full member (=one who has all the possible rights of a member)At that time, women were not allowed to be full members of the club.an associate member (=one who has fewer rights than a full member)Turkey is an associate member of the European Union.a card-carrying member (also a paid-up member British English) (=an official member of an organization)She was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party.a life member (=one who has paid to be a member for their whole life)a life member of the Royal Academy of Artistsan honorary member (=one who has been given membership as an honour)He was made an honorary member of the Botanical Society.phrasesa member of a committee/of staff etcAll members of staff attend regular training sessions.a member of the publicMembers of the public were invited to put forward suggestions.a member of society (=a citizen)We want our children to become productive members of society.member + NOUNa member state/country/nation (=a country that belongs to an international organization)the member states of the European Union
Examples from the Corpusmember• She's a member of the local drama society.• Is Switzerland a member of the European Union?• These employees are paid based upon what they produce either individually or as members of small work groups.• Dogs and wolves are both members of the same species.• How else can members of Congress assume a steady flow of campaign contributions?• All council members donate their time, and the district being evaluated pays for travel, lodging, and food.• Tickets are $7 for members, and $10 for non-members.• The club is hoping to attract more members.• St. Joseph's church welcomes all new members.• It will be the responsibility of member countries to prosecute those of their own ships which transgress the convention.• Shares of computer equipment companies nationwide surged after several members of the industry reported earnings that exceeded expectations.• The member of staff must report, but need not terminate, the relationship.• They now have to ballot their members before being able to call a strike.• 80% of union members are opposed to going on strike over this issue.• Brooks is a very valuable member of the team.members of ... species• When it comes to that interesting pastime, most members of most species come to grief.• Fake contraceptive technology manipulates women in ways that we are coming to condemn when they are practised on members of other species.• Individuals must compete with other members of their own species for these resources.• With other members of their species or with members of other species?• Although an attractive addition to a tank, it has a nasty habit of fighting with members of its own species.• There have been many investigations of the factors animals use to ensure that they mate with members of the same species.• It is adaptive for animals not to mate with members of other species.