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 And a sense of belonging is a strong part of the success of a DEI program. Jack Mccullough, Forbes, "Making Your DEI Program Impactful," 21 Apr. 2021 The decision stems from a pitch to company cast members in 2019, asking how Disney could cultivate a culture of belonging, to which many suggested adding the fifth key of inclusivity. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Disney updates dress code for park employees, allowing tattoos and 'gender-inclusive' hairstyles," 14 Apr. 2021 Hiring employees of diverse ethnicities, genders, and abilities must be followed by creating an environment of belonging and opportunities for advancement. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, "It’s time to align pay with platitudes," 8 Apr. 2021 Celebrating diversity, belonging and inclusivity across our marketing efforts is important to our customers. Nicholas Zaldastani, Forbes, "Three Lessons On Inclusivity In Marketing: What I've Learned As A First-Generation American," 19 Mar. 2021 For many of these students, going away to college finally gave them a sense of freedom and independence and a feeling of belonging. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: ‘Like going back into the closet’," 24 Mar. 2021 Yet that sense of belonging was rocked for many last April when Africans across the city were evicted from their homes and hotels, and forced to live on the streets. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Covid-19 drove hundreds of Africans out of Guangzhou. A generation of mixed-race children is their legacy," 17 Mar. 2021 Religion is both a spiritual and cultural anchor, as Brown describes, and its many forms offer identity and belonging. Stephanie Long,, "How Tarot & Astrology Became Black & Brown Women’s North Star," 28 Feb. 2021 Acknowledge the systemic factors that work against your ability to cultivate a feeling of belonging. Hanna Hart, Forbes, "Is ‘Imposter Syndrome’ Just Another Way Of Blaming Women?," 24 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Belonging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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