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.
to be the property of: The book belongs to her.
to be a part or adjunct of: That cover belongs to this jar.
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How to use belong in a sentence
British Dictionary definitions for belong
(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 place: that plate belongs in the cupboard
informal to be suitable or acceptable, esp socially: although they were rich, they just didn't belong
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Other Idioms and Phrases with belong
see to the victor belong the spoils.
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