belong

verb
be·​long | \ bi-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce belong (audio) , bē-\
belonged; belonging; belongs

Definition of belong

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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
3 : to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing nuts and bolts belong to a car
4 : to be properly classified

auxiliary verb

chiefly Southern US and south Midland US : ought, must

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Synonyms for belong

Synonyms

go

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Examples of belong in a Sentence

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

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In April 2017, the Oscar-winning movie achieved the highest-grossing debut for a feature-length film based on an original screenplay — a title that previously belonged to the ‘90s classic, The Blair Witch Project. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Jordan Peele's "Us" Sets Box Office Records With $70 Million Opening," 24 Mar. 2019 Much of the furniture on display follows suit, from the vintage Napoleon III side chairs in the master bedroom to the settee in the living room, a family heirloom that belonged to Sims’s grandmother and maintains its original orange upholstery. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "The Paint Trick That Instantly Makes Your Home Look More Polished," 22 Mar. 2019 Eagle eye royal fans on Twitter quickly noted that Kate also wore a pair of pearl and diamond earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law Princess Diana to complete her ethereal look. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Princess Diana's Pearl and Diamond Earrings to the BAFTAs," 11 Feb. 2019 The girls took turns wearing a black and gold sequined bodycon dress by Dress the Population that originally belonged to Amanda. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 Her smile is contagious, the kind that only belongs to that person in high school who was everyone’s best friend. Candice Benbow, Glamour, "Meet KiKi Layne, the If Beale Street Could Talk Actress Everyone's Talking About," 27 Dec. 2018 The Duchess of Cambridge wore the Queen Mary's Lover's Knot tiara with Princess Diana's pearl teardrop earrings and a dazzling neckline that once belonged to the Queen Mother, according to royal jewelry expert Ella Kay. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 2018 These were more recognizable as things that belong in an arcade, at least to my eyes. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "This arcade is really vintage: Visiting San Francisco’s Musée Mécanique," 29 Sep. 2018 This is exactly the kind of play that belongs there. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Mary Page Marlowe': Theater Review," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of belong

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for belong

Middle English belongen, from be- be- + longen "to be suitable" — more at long entry 5

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The first known use of belong was in the 14th century

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belong

verb

English Language Learners Definition of belong

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

belong

verb
be·​long | \ bə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce belong (audio) \
belonged; belonging

Kids Definition of belong

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

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