Definition of belong
1a : to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous a dictionary belongs in every homeb : 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 meb : to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency —usually used with to they belong to their homelandc : 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
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
Recent Examples of belong from the Web
Bruschetta toppings are updated on a blackboard, and really, who’s going to argue that a chili crab cake hardly belongs on a Cal-Med menu?
In fact, the voice belonged to another Rwandan officer at the back of the plane.
Between 1917 and 1921, houses in Chicago that belonged to a black person, a banker who loaned a black family their mortgage, or a real estate agent who sold a black family their property were bombed at a rate of once every twenty days.
The frozen assets belonged to Mr. Jia, his wife, and three LeEco affiliates, the state news agency Xinhua reported, citing court documents.
During their search, officers found suspected Viagra and oxycodone in an office and marijuana in an employee locker that police believe belonged to the female dancer, Lynch said.
The world record belongs to Joey Chestnut, who ate 73.5 hot dogs at a qualifying contest in 2016.
The biggest rose bush, however, belongs to a couple in a place not necessarily known for its beauty.
Now, tribes who came to Benghazi in recent decades from its rural environs accused them of not belonging.
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BELONG Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of belong for English Language Learners
—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 Defined for Kids
Definition of belong for Students
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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