- to be in the relation of a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (usually followed by to): He belongs to the Knights of Columbus.
- to have the proper qualifications, especially social qualifications, to be a member of a group: You don't belong in this club.
- to be proper or due; be properly or appropriately placed, situated, etc.: Books belong in every home. This belongs on the shelf. He is a statesman who belongs among the great.
- belong to,
- to be the property of: The book belongs to her.
- to be a part or adjunct of: That cover belongs to this jar.
Origin of belong
Examples from the Web for belong
He also earned a Grammy and platinum record for “Up Where We Belong.”The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
They seem to belong to us, and then they freely go—behavior very uncharacteristic of a shadow or a shoe.Owning Up to Possession’s Downside
December 14, 2014
“Most Jamaicans are religious and belong to fundamentalist Christian denominations,” he said.How Maurice Tomlinson Was Outed in Jamaica—and Forced Into Exile
December 9, 2014
Others earn our admiration because they belong more to a particular moment.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
They need to feel like they belong to something and are unable to think for themselves.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
The boat he supposed to belong to Robert, and he was determined to spoil it.
But I would rather do it than live on money that did not belong to me.
The greater part of these taxes, however, do not belong to the King personally.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Only an individual here and there sees that freedom and domination must belong to us.The Conquest of Fear
Oh, no, I am wrong; it would take more than that to tell where you belong.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (foll by to) to be the property or possession (of)
- (foll by to) to be bound to (a person, place, or club) by ties of affection, dependence, allegiance, or membership
- (foll by to, under, with, etc) to be classified (with)this plant belongs to the daisy family
- (foll by to) to be a part or adjunct (of)this top belongs to the smaller box
- to have a proper or usual placethat plate belongs in the cupboard
- informal to be suitable or acceptable, esp sociallyalthough they were rich, they just didn't belong
Word Origin and History for belong
mid-14c., "to go along with, properly relate to," from be- intensive prefix, + longen "to go," from Old English 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 with Middle Dutch belanghen, Dutch belangen, German belangen. Replaced earlier Old English gelang, with completive prefix ge-.