be·​long·​ing bi-ˈlȯŋ-iŋ How to pronounce belonging (audio)
: possession
usually used in plural
: close or intimate relationship
a sense of belonging
belongingness noun

Examples of belonging in a Sentence

the warm welcome they received from the community gave them a sense of belonging packed up all their belongings and moved across the country
Recent Examples on the Web Her boxes sat at the entrance of the building, along with plastic bags filled with her belongings. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2023 The message during the wildfires in Tenerife, from Spain’s ecology minister to President Pedro Sánchez, was clear: Save people and their belongings first, and the forest area second. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Sep. 2023 Video shot outside the jail Tuesday showed Johnson, smiling and wearing gray sweats with white socks and black slides, walking next to a sheriff's deputy who was pushing a cart with belongings inside. CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 Futons, clothes, a lamp, a few books, and a cat—that was the extent of our belongings. Haruki Murakami, The New Yorker, 7 Sep. 2023 But there may be other ways to interact with our belongings that would spark a more lasting joy, and be better for the planet and the humans around us as well. Britt Peterson, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2023 Their belongings were also saved, but the catamaran was lost. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 6 Sep. 2023 The crew and their belongings were saved but the catamaran was lost. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2023 Witnesses told deputies the victim and a female came to remove some belongings from the residence of the suspect, identified as 37-year-old Dennis Alen Keener. Warren Kulo |, al, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of belonging was in 1781

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“Belonging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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