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 When employees start working for a new organization, there is a psychological need for a sense of belonging and purpose. Kiran Mann, Forbes, 13 May 2022 Scholars have found that both fandom and fan loyalty are positively associated with a sense of belonging and a sense of meaning. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 14 Apr. 2022 When travel was limited, Airbnb pivoted to digital experiences to expand its mission of belonging and inclusion. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 1 May 2022 One of many who support ideas of belonging and justice, which was what my mind wanted to hang onto. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Apr. 2022 Identifying common ties provides a foundation of belonging and togetherness that motivates positive interactions and potentiates constructive systemic changes. Sadhana Jackson, STAT, 14 Apr. 2022 The brand’s goal is to promote a sense of belonging and accessibility for the everyday woman. Jennifer Davis-flynn, Outside Online, 16 Mar. 2022 If contemporary refugees are unable to find a new sense of belonging and opportunity, then their frustration and trauma sometimes turn to resentment and radicalization. Robert F. Barsky, The Conversation, 14 Mar. 2022 Though its doors closed in 1985, for 16 years The East served as an incubator, spurring the political awakening and cultural enlightenment of its hundreds of members and giving them a sense of belonging and pride. New York Times, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of belonging

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 May 2022

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“Belonging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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