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verb be·long \bi-ˈlŋ, bē-\

—used to say that someone or something should be in a particular place or situation

: to be accepted and liked by the other people in a group

Full Definition of BELONG

intransitive verb
a :  to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous <a dictionary belongs in every home>
b :  to be in a proper situation <a man of his ability belongs in teaching>
a :  to be the property of a person or thing —used with to <the book belongs to me>
b :  to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency —usually used with to <they belong to their homeland>
c :  to be a member of a club, organization, or set —usually used with to <she belongs to a country club>
:  to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing <nuts and bolts belong to a car>
:  to be properly classified
verbal auxiliary
chiefly Southern & southern Midland :  ought, must

Examples of BELONG

  1. She was here for 15 years, but she never really belonged.
  2. <your shoes belong in the closet, not in the middle of the living room where people will trip on them>

Origin of BELONG

Middle English belongen, from be- + longen to be suitable — more at long
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to BELONG

BELONG Defined for Kids


verb be·long \bə-ˈlŋ\

Definition of BELONG for Kids

:  to be in a proper place <This book belongs on the top shelf.>
:  to be the property of a person or group of persons <The money belongs to me.>
:  to be a part of :  be connected with :  go with <These pieces belong to that game.>


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