- be|longW2S2 [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 society2.) 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 v1.) 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 era4.) 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.