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

Synonyms & Antonyms for belonging


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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Arrangements were made for the previous tenants to return the next day to remove the rest of their belongings., "Fires galore at city apartments: Richmond Heights Police Blotter," 12 June 2019 Daniel Lopez watched as the side door of the building opened and jail deputies transferred custody of his daughter to the immigration agents and passed a bag of her belongings to an ICE officer., "Oregon sheriff violated federal law by holding woman in jail solely on immigration detainer, suit alleges," 11 June 2019 Her house was large enough only for a bed; the rest of her belongings—a table, a wood-burning stove—were arrayed on the grass outside. Rachel Nolan, Harper's magazine, "Destined for Export," 10 June 2019 Dee Dee had already convinced doctors that Gypsy Rose's medical records were lost in the hurricane, along with many of their belongings. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How True Is 'The Act'? The Hulu Series' Backstory Is Chilling," 20 Mar. 2019 On a more serious note, however, Cyrus said that her house and many of her belongings didn't make it through last month's tragic wildfires. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Explains Why She Calls Liam Hemsworth Her 'Survival Partner'," 12 Dec. 2018 Despite losing most of their belongings, Denise Dalton said her family has experienced generosity from a community facing the uncertainty of what the eruption of the Kilauea volcano continues to bring. NBC News, "Hawaii lava evacuee volunteers time to save neighbors' homes," 31 May 2018 Next to their beds are lists of each boy's belongings: two T-shirts, three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear, one polo, a pair of jeans. Michael E. Miller, Emma Brown And Aaron C. Davis, Houston Chronicle, "Inside Casa Padre, the converted Walmart where the US is holding nearly 1,500 immigrant children," 14 June 2018 The keys were also missing from the home, along with some of his ex-girlfriend's belongings. Andy Attina /,, "Woman learns friend stole credit card, used it fraudulently: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter," 19 Apr. 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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