be·​long | \ bi-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce belong (audio) , bē-\
belonged; belonging; belongs

Definition of belong

intransitive verb

1a : to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous a dictionary belongs in every home
b : to be in a proper situation a man of his ability belongs in teaching
2a : to be the property of a person or thing used with tothe book belongs to me
b : to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependency usually used with tothey belong to their homeland
c : to be a member of a club, organization, or set usually used with toshe belongs to a country club
3 : to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing nuts and bolts belong to a car
4 : to be properly classified

auxiliary verb

chiefly Southern US and south Midland US : ought, must

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Examples of belong in a Sentence

She was here for 15 years, but she never really belonged. your shoes belong in the closet, not in the middle of the living room where people will trip on them
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First Known Use of belong

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for belong

Middle English belongen, from be- be- + longen "to be suitable" — more at long entry 5

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The first known use of belong was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of belong

used to say that someone or something should be in a particular place or situation
: to be accepted and liked by the other people in a group


be·​long | \ bə-ˈlȯŋ How to pronounce belong (audio) \
belonged; belonging

Kids Definition of belong

1 : to be in a proper place This book belongs on the top shelf.
2 : to be the property of a person or group of persons The money belongs to me.
3 : to be a part of : be connected with : go with These pieces belong to that game.

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