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 homeb :  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 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

  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

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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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