- 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 belonged
Finally, as the sun was about to set, she came upon a little cottage that belonged to seven dwarfs.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
Stamped “MNR,” they belonged to families who had fled or been deported and will never return to claim them.My Grandfather's War: Recovering the Art the Nazis Stole
October 5, 2014
Another can had a fingerprint that belonged neither to her nor the brothers.How the North Carolina GOP Made a Wrongfully Convicted Man a Death Row Scapegoat
September 4, 2014
The ex-wife was accused of no wrongdoing, especially after she produced a shotgun that she said also belonged to Morgan.The Mystery of Donald Ray Morgan, the 44-Year-Old American Who Loved ISIS
August 12, 2014
It belonged to one Alexander Yurtayev, born in the Chechen capital of Grozny in 1961.War and Murder in Eastern Ukraine
May 27, 2014
His name was Joseph and he belonged to the tribe of the Hebrews.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
They belonged to the times when 30,000 men were an army, and when campaigns were spent in sieges.
I told him I belonged to a man by the name of Potts, and that I was going to his plantation.Biography of a Slave
Hester knew nothing of the state of either, nor had they ever belonged to her flock.Weighed and Wanting
Kisses were rare in the staid little household to which she belonged.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- (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 belonged
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-.