be·​long·​ing | \ bi-ˈlȯŋ-iŋ How to pronounce belonging (audio) , bē- \

Definition of belonging

1 : possession usually used in plural
2 : close or intimate relationship a sense of belonging

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belongingness noun

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Examples of belonging in a Sentence

her adoptive family gave the young girl a sense of belonging that she had never felt before packed up all their belongings and moved across the country
Recent Examples on the Web ERGs are champions for DEIB and mental health within an organization and help foster inclusivity and belonging. Mind Share Partners, Forbes, "How Mental Health Employee Resource Groups Can Support Their DEIB Counterparts To Stop Social Injustice In The Workplace," 25 Feb. 2021 NetApp hired Gerri Mason Hall as VP of diversity, inclusion and belonging. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The Broadsheet’s 2020 Year in Review," 18 Dec. 2020 But what liberal democracy eroded — the authority of religion, the coherence of a community, a sense of collective belonging, home, meaning and security — could prompt far more radical responses. New York Times, "Andrew Sullivan on the War Within Conservatism and Why It Matters to All of Us," 24 Dec. 2020 Ross also emphasized that these groups were important for building a sense of belonging and accountability. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Kamala Harris’ Pearls Have a Special Significance," 16 Jan. 2021 This was a violation to people who have fought hard for citizenship and the right to vote, Black sisters and brothers, people of color, women and immigrants, and all others who shaped the discourse for national belonging. al, "Methodist leader supports impeachment, calls on senate to bar Trump from office," 14 Jan. 2021 Appliances have long been indicators of socioeconomic class, belonging and aspiration. Washington Post, "I was an air fryer skeptic, but now it’s the only thing that gets me excited about pandemic cooking," 21 Dec. 2020 Delgado launched her lifestyle brand in 2016 to create space for culture, belonging and representation in the Latinx community. NBC News, "'Heart and hustle': How two Latinx entrepreneurs are paving the way for others to start businesses," 16 Dec. 2020 Anzaldúa’s book is semi-autobiographical and takes up themes of home, belonging, identity, culture, physical location, history and myth alongside personal anecdotes. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Diversity of Latin American art and experience on display in online reading of famed scholar," 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of belonging

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of belonging was in 1781

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6 Mar 2021

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“Belonging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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