belong

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verb be·long \bi-ˈlȯŋ, bē-\

Definition of belong

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing <nuts and bolts belong to a car>

  5. 4 :  to be properly classified

  6. auxiliary verb
  7. chiefly Southern US and south Midland US :  ought, must

Examples of belong in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of belong

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


First Known Use: 14th century



BELONG Defined for English Language Learners

belong

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verb be·long \bi-ˈlȯŋ, bē-\

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

belong

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verb be·long \bə-ˈlȯŋ\

Definition of belong for Students

belonged

belonging

  1. 1 :  to be in a proper place <This book belongs on the top shelf.>

  2. 2 :  to be the property of a person or group of persons <The money belongs to me.>

  3. 3 :  to be a part of :  be connected with :  go with <These pieces belong to that game.>



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