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Meaning of belong by Wiktionary Dictionary

belong


    Etymology 1

    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 .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ): IPA: /bɪˈlɒŋ/, X-SAMPA: /bI"lQN/
    • ( US ): enPR: bĭ-lôngʹ, IPA: /bɪˈlɔŋ/, X-SAMPA: /bI"lON/

    Verb

    belong ( third-person singular simple present belongs present participle belonging, simple past and past participle belonged )

    1. ( intransitive ) To have its proper place .
      Where does this document belong?
    2. ( intransitive ) ( of a person ) To be accepted in a group .
      You don’t belong hereget out .
    3. ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be a part of a group .
      I don’t belong to them!
    4. ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be the property of .
      That house belongs to me .
    5. ( intransitive ) ( followed by to ) To be the spouse or partner of .
    6. ( intransitive, set theory ) ( followed by to ) To be an element of ( a set ). The symbol \in means belongs to .
      Suppose x belongs to \mathbb{R}... ( — written: x \in \mathbb{R} )
    7. ( obsolete, transitive ) To be deserved by .
      More evils belong us than happen to us. — Ben Jonson .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong .

    Pronunciation

    Alternative form

    • blung
    • b’longta, b’longa, belonga, blonga

    Preposition

    belong

    1. ( 豪州用法 Aboriginal‎, optionally followed by to ) Of, belonging to.


Explanation of belong by Wordnet Dictionary

belong


    Verb
    1. be owned by

    2. This book belongs to me
    3. be a part or adjunct

    4. the uniform looks like it belonged to a museum collection
      These pages don't belong
    5. be rightly classified in a class or category

    6. The whales belong among the mammals
    7. be suitable or acceptable

    8. This student somehow doesn't belong
    9. be in the right place or situation

    10. Where do these books belong?
      Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government
    11. be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. ( of a group, organization, or place )

    12. They belong to the same political party