: to be the property of (someone) : to be owned by
The money belongs to him.
The house belongs not just to her, but to her husband as well.
His style belongs only to himself.
: to be a member of (a club, organization, etc.)
The family belongs to a country club.
Most of the company's employees belong to an HMO.
: to be included in (a category, group, etc.)
What family does that bird belong to?
: to be a part of (something)
the parts belonging to the clock
Examples of belong to in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebThe plane belongs to the Skinny Dragons of Patrol Squadron 4 stationed at Whidbey Island in Washington state.—CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 In fact, some of the most popular plants known as moss are not actually mosses (Irish moss belongs to the carnation family; Spanish moss is a bromeliad).—Jenny Comita, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Bullard’s third book is a whirlwind tour through their glamorous abodes as well as his own dazzling retreats — a sprawling Hollywood Hills home that once belonged to Dennis Hopper, a mid–century masterpiece in Palm Springs and a modernist aerie on the Baja peninsula overlooking the Sea of Cortez.—Abigail Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 That distinction belongs to Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1954 Mercedes W196, which sold for $29.6 million in 2013.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 No, raccoons aren’t social creatures and don’t generally belong to a community.—Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 17 Nov. 2023 The 8 percent belonging to triple black diamond runs will challenge even the most experienced shredders.—Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2023 In the interior of her district, the 91st, sits a free-floating chunk that actually belongs to the turf of the adjacent lawmaker, Republican Karen Hurd.—Megan O’Matz, ProPublica, 17 Nov. 2023 Game Wardens were able to confirm that the vehicle belonged to the missing individual and notified the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office.—Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 See More
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