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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Officers arrived and began to run names, checking for outstanding warrants while the residents that remained were packing their belongings. Dae Shik Kim Hawkins, The Atlantic, "An App for Ejecting the Homeless," 28 June 2018 Experts advise against selling all your belongings, going off your diet, ending training for that half-marathon next month, and quitting your job. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Rapture prediction for April 23 just latest of kooky doomsday calls," 23 Apr. 2018 Terry initially told deputies that his wife left their Summerfield home around 9:30 p.m. Dec. 21 without taking her cellphone, purse, medications or any other personal belongings, according to an arrest report obtained by the station. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man accused of killing pregnant wife, taking pictures of body," 6 Mar. 2018 Does the person appear to have all their belongings in a plastic bag, easy to grab if forced to quickly move locations? Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds warn: Auto show is coming. Beware of human traffickers," 11 Jan. 2018 Schwartzenberger said the park residents were allowed back Tuesday afternoon to collect their belongings. CBS News, "Newborn baby killed, dozens injured when tornado strikes North Dakota city," 11 July 2018 On April 17, 1941, the Gestapo gave the monks two hours to leave the buildings with few personal belongings, says Father Cyril Schaefer, the head of St. Ottilien’s publishing house. Emanuella Grinberg, Smithsonian, "When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugees," 11 July 2018 Schwartzenberger said the park residents would be allowed back briefly Tuesday afternoon to collect their belongings. Fox News, "Dozens hurt, 3 critical, when tornado hits North Dakota city," 10 July 2018 Many lost possessions as city garbage trucks collected their belongings to clear the sidewalks. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Housing / Politics Fight for right to camp on city streets will continue despite legal setback, homeless advocates say," 7 June 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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characteristic trappings or dress

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