W2S2 [bıˈlɔŋ US bıˈlo:ŋ] v [I not in progressive]
[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: long 'to be suitable' (12-19 centuries), from Old English gelang 'dependent on']
1.) [always + adverb/preposition]
if something belongs somewhere, that is the right place or situation for it
Put the chair back where it belongs.
belong in
an attitude that doesn't belong in modern society
2.) if you feel you belong in a place or situation, you feel happy and comfortable in it, because you have the same interests and ideas as other people
I worked there for five years but never really felt I belonged.
>belonging n [U]
It's important to have a sense of belonging (=a feeling that you are happy and comfortable somewhere) .
belong to / [belong to sb/sth] phr v
1.) if something belongs to someone, they own it
The house belonged to my grandfather.
Who does this scarf belong to?
2.) to be a member of a group or organization
He belongs to the golf club.
3.) to be related to something or form part of it
cars that belong to a different era
4.) to be related to or produced by a particular person
She recognized the voice as belonging to the man who had attacked her.
5.) if a competition or period of time belongs to someone, they are the most important or successful person in it
All the acts were good, but the evening belonged to a dance group from Moscow.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • belong to — be a member of. → belong belong to be the property of. → belong …   English new terms dictionary

  • Belong — Be*long , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Belonged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belonging}.] [OE. belongen (akin to D. belangen to concern, G. belangen to attain to, to concern); pref. be + longen to desire. See {Long}, v. i.] Note: [Usually construed with to.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — ► VERB 1) be rightly put into a particular position or class. 2) fit or be acceptable in a particular place or environment. 3) (belong to) be a member of. 4) (belong to) be the property or possession of …   English terms dictionary

  • Belong — Be*long , v. t. To be deserved by. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] More evils belong us than happen to us. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — [v1] be part of, be in proper place accord, agree, appertain, apply, associate, attach to, be a component, be a constituent, be akin, be an adjunct of, be a part, bear, bear upon, become, be connected with, befit, be fitting, be linked with, be… …   New thesaurus

  • belong — [bē lôŋ′, bilôŋ′] vi. [ME bilangen < be , intens. + longen, to be suitable < OE langian, to belong] 1. to have a proper or suitable place [the chair belongs in the corner, she belongs in the movies] 2. to be part of; be related or connected …   English World dictionary

  • belong — index comport (agree with), constitute (compose), correspond (be equivalent), pertain Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • belong to — index affiliate, apply (pertain), join (associate oneself with) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • belong — (v.) mid 14c., to go along with, properly relate to, from be intensive prefix, + longen to go, from O.E. langian pertain to, to go along with, of unknown origin. Senses of be the property of and be a member of first recorded late 14c. Cognate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • belong — pertain, appertain, relate, apply, *bear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • belong — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to deserve to be ) to belong in (he belongs in jail) 2) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be owned by ) (the book belongs to her) 3) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be a member of ) (to belong to an organization) 4) (d; intr.) ( to be… …   Combinatory dictionary

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