- ( UK ): IPA: /bɪˈlɒŋ/, X-SAMPA: /bI"lQN/
- ( US ): enPR: bĭ-lôngʹ, IPA: /bɪˈlɔŋ/, X-SAMPA: /bI"lON/
- ( intransitive ) To have its proper place .
- ( intransitive ) ( of a person ) To be accepted in a group .
- ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be a part of a group .
- ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be the property of .
- ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be the spouse or partner of .
- ( intransitive, set theory ) ( followed by to ) To be an element of ( a set ). The symbol means belongs to .
- ( obsolete, transitive ) To be deserved by .
- b’longta, b’longa, belonga, blonga
- ( 豪州用法 Aboriginal, optionally followed by to ) Of, belonging to.
- 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory
- 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma
- 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud
- 1986, Kowanyama News, Dec .
- 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen
- 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories
From Middle English belongen, from be- + longen ( “to belong” ), from Old English langian ( “to pertain to, suit” ). Compare Dutch belangen ( “to concern” ), German belangen ( “to attain, concern” ). More at be-, long .
Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong .
Explanation of belong by Wordnet Dictionary
- Where do these books belong?
- Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government
be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. ( of a group, organization, or place )