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

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 Some carried bags with their belongings, and all had their faces covered to protect against the virus. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Millions flee as powerful cyclone bears down on India, Bangladesh," 19 May 2020 As the buses opened their doors, people from Brother Francis Shelter and Bean’s Cafe descended the steps, hauling backpacks and trash bags filled with their belongings. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "As coronavirus spreads, homeless residents take shelter at Anchorage arenas," 22 Mar. 2020 The residence was ultimately burned along with the belongings of the infected. Sarah Smith-ruehle, Dallas News, "Martial law once enforced quarantines in Dallas," 17 Mar. 2020 In the months that followed, the police would find a cache of the neighbors’ belongings and mail in her possession. Lauren Smiley, The Atlantic, "The Porch Pirate of Potrero Hill Can’t Believe It Came to This," 1 Nov. 2019 Grab the nearest one and layer it with belongings, establishing your picnic-table dominance. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Hiking to Havasupai: How far is it, what's Mooney Falls like and everything you need to know," 24 June 2019 Within days of the American Hockey League season’s suspension March 12, Rampage captain Jordan Nolan packed up his belongings and began driving back to St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, with his wife, Laura, and infant daughter Quinn. Greg Luca,, "Rampage players, coaches react to cancellation of AHL season, end of run in San Antonio," 12 May 2020 Her belongings, including her cell phone and debit card, were in the car. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Father desperate for answers in disappearance of daughter Veronica Reyes-Diaz who vanished in January after dropping her kids off at home in Dover, Florida," 11 May 2020 These lead him to Celia’s cousins (Bobby Soto and Alvaro Martinez), who did in fact steal his belongings. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘The Quarry’ Review: Traveling With a Guilty Conscience," 16 Apr. 2020

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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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1 Jun 2020

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“Belonging.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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