[ bih-lawng-ing, -long- ]
/ bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ- /


something that belongs.
belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.

Origin of belonging

First recorded in 1595–1605; belong + -ing1


un·be·long·ing, adjective

Definition for belonging (2 of 2)

[ bih-lawng, -long ]
/ bɪˈlɔŋ, -ˈlɒŋ /

verb (used without object)

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.

Verb Phrases

belong to,
  1. to be the property of: The book belongs to her.
  2. to be a part or adjunct of: That cover belongs to this jar.

Origin of belong

1300–50; Middle English belongen, equivalent to be- be- + longen to belong, verbal derivative of long (adj.) belonging, Old English gelang along Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for belonging (1 of 2)

/ (bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ) /


secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)

British Dictionary definitions for belonging (2 of 2)

/ (bɪˈlɒŋ) /

verb (intr)

(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 for belong

C14 belongen, from be- (intensive) + longen; related to Old High German bilangēn to reach; see long ³
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Idioms and Phrases with belonging


see to the victor belong the spoils.

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