be·​long·​ing | \bi-ˈlȯŋ-iŋ, 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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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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From Tegucigalpa, Honduras Photo: Nadia Shira Cohen for The Wall Street Journal Mayra Hernandez carries all her belongings in a bag on her head and in a backpack. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Fleeing Poverty and Violence, Central American Women Explain Why They Join Caravans," 4 Dec. 2018 One way to organize your belongings for a multi-city trip is to invest in packing cubes. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to See Europe for the First Time Is By Train," 13 Sep. 2018 Health officials have advised as a ‘‘highly precautionary measure’’ that those who visited the sites Rowley and Sturgess went to on Friday and Saturday wash their clothes and wipe down their belongings. Washington Post,, "After latest nerve agent poisoning, Britain demands that Russia explain ‘what has gone on’," 5 July 2018 In the meantime, her stepson and suspected murderer was using Slebzak’s car to drive around and sell her belongings, police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Killer hid stepmom’s body in a chest – and murdered a neighbor who caught on, Maryland cops say," 27 June 2018 A few weeks later, a video of an Oakland man thrashing a homeless man’s camp and dumping his belongings into a lake went viral. Gina Martinez, Time, "Woman Dubbed 'Permit Patty' Says She's Gotten Death Threats Over Viral Video of Her Calling Police on 8-Year-Old Girl," 25 June 2018 But, like our house, our shop — just all of our belongings are gone. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "California's Fires Lead to School Closings, Poor Air Quality, and Public Service Shutdowns as Death Toll Climbs," 16 Nov. 2018 Nearly all of her belongings, including keepsakes from her son's music career, were ruined. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Devastating Photos Show Luke Bryan's Mother's Home Destroyed By Hurricane Michael," 23 Oct. 2018 One of the initial things that helped soften my anger was physically letting go of his belongings. Mimi O'donnell, Time, "Mimi O’Donnell: Forgiveness Helped Me Heal After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death," 22 Feb. 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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