be·long·ing | \bi-ˈlȯŋ-iŋ, 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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chumminess, closeness, familiarity, inseparability, intimacy, nearness



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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

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Further east, a group of people sat with their belongings on a subterranean sidewalk. Elvia Malagon,, "Fence goes up at 'Triangle' and homeless move - to another part of Lower Wacker Drive," 15 June 2018 Meadors had been downsizing his belongings in South Florida and had stored some of his personal items at his company’s warehouse, such as the ammunition. Juan Ortega,, "Gun charges turn American's Cayman Islands retirement dream into possible prison nightmare," 7 June 2018 Investigators determined that earlier on Aug. 30, Brockner was with two other men who burglarized a barn in Yamhill County, stealing the victim's vehicle and filling a rented moving truck with the victim's belongings. Maxine Bernstein,, "Man shot by police pleads guilty to bank robbery, firearms felony," 1 May 2018 Plastic bags stuffed with belongings cover the dining room table. Written By Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ; Photographs By Sarah Blesener, New York Times, "Finding a Home After a Fire: ‘It Feels Like Your Life Is on Pause’," 23 Mar. 2018 On their last day in town, Abe loaded a moving truck with their belongings, while Cathy watched their two young children. Jared Boyd,, "Former preacher finds calling as Alabama folk artist," 27 Feb. 2018 Second, leave all of your personal belongings in the locker room or your car. Julia Dellitt, SELF, "Why You Shouldn’t Skip Savasana," 14 Feb. 2018 Smarter Suitcase Don’t just pack your belongings in any old suitcase. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "8 Best Tech Accessories for a Better Flight," 22 Jan. 2018 Thousands of students and parents gathered at the Parkland, Florida, school on Sunday to retrieve belongings that were thrown down in panic during the massacre as well as pay tribute to those who were lost on Feb. 14. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "The Parkland Students' Return to School Was Met With an Outpouring of Support From the Internet," 26 Feb. 2018

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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