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belonging

[bih-lawng-ing, -long-] /bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ-/
noun
1.
something that belongs.
2.
belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.
Origin of belonging
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; belong + -ing1
Related forms
unbelonging, adjective
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  • The coachman was revolving in his own mind the question of the boy's belongings.

    Rico and Wiseli Johanna Spyri
  • And that reminds me: I have a hammock somewhere among my belongings.

  • Linda rushed into the house and carried her belongings to her workroom.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • There was a scramble on the instant for muskets, bags, and belongings.

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  • The pin had been among the most valuable and cherished of his belongings.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for belongings

belongings

/bɪˈlɒŋɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
(sometimes sing) the things that a person owns or has with him; possessions; effects

belonging

/bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ/
noun
1.
secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)
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Word Origin and History for belongings
n.

"goods, effects, possessions," 1817, from plural of verbal noun from belong.

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