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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Other Words from belonging

belongingness noun

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 Officials later executed a search warrant on a storage container that held Monick’s belongings., "In total, police said they found more than three kilograms of fentanyl, along with more than $100,000 in cash. Monick faces charges including trafficking fentanyl in excess of 200 grams and failure to stop for police.," 11 Dec. 2019 Authorities questioned Jewell, searched his and his mother’s belongings and kept him under round-the-clock surveillance before publicly clearing him about three months later. Jennifer Brett, ajc, "Cox, AJC seek ‘Richard Jewell’ disclaimer in letter to Clint Eastwood," 9 Dec. 2019 Pradhan’s family lost nearly everything – their house, their garden, most of their belongings. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "Bhutanese refugee preserves traditions at his West Side grocery: Immigrant Entrepreneurs," 24 Dec. 2019 According to the Clarion-Ledger, a farmer found Dortch’s vehicle Saturday hidden behind bushes, with some of her belongings still in it. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Helerica 'Latrice' Dortch: Missing Domino's Driver Found Dead," 18 Dec. 2019 Blocker said her car was found in Newton County containing some of her belongings and her ID shortly after she was reported missing. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Body of missing Kansas woman found in Arkansas, authorities say," 10 Dec. 2019 Mike Knabel said family and investigators plan on searching Saturday through a storage locker on Poplar Level Road that Andrea had rented to store some of her belongings before moving to her mother's place a few months ago. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Investigators looking for Andrea Knabel seek vehicle 'stalking' sister's house, dad says," 29 Nov. 2019 With nowhere to go, the family of six headed to the bus depot with all of their belongings in plastic garbage bags. Nick Valencia, CNN, "Homeless dad approaches police officers at bus depot and gets more than he asked for," 20 Nov. 2019 Clay Helton would still be trying to hitch a ride back to University Park to collect what was left of his belongings. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "Mel Tucker, from game management to recruiting, just capped his best CU Buffs week yet," 10 Nov. 2019

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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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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Belonging.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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