- something that belongs.
- belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.
Origin of belonging
- 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 belonging
The issue explored the theme of vulnerability, “relevant to anyone who seeks understanding, change, love, and belonging.”The Winning Gay Subtlety of ‘Hello Mr.’
September 26, 2014
They cross gender boundaries, geography, issues of wealth and belonging.Colum McCann Talks New Novel ‘TransAtlantic’ and Narrative4
June 14, 2013
He added that a plant nursery and two tractors, belonging to local Abdel Azziz Nasserallah, were also damaged in the attack."They Stepped On Me Like A Dog"
May 14, 2013
But New Yorkers are casually tribal, and dual identities often seem like the minimum bid for belonging here.Former Cop Edward Conlon on What He Learned About Profiling
April 7, 2012
He quickly remarried, leaving McWilliam with an almost fairytale sense of not belonging.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir
April 6, 2012
I must say I don't know of any belonging to the latter class.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Why resist, and refuse the glory of belonging to the faculty?The Imaginary Invalid
He carried Kingozi's rifle, but left that belonging to Winkleman with Mali-ya-bwana.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
You heard what I said, Douw, upon your belonging henceforth to this house--to me?In the Valley
I'll not ask you, with your remembrance of my house and all belonging to it, whether you believe it.Little Dorrit
- secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)
- (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 belonging
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-.
Idioms and Phrases with belonging
see to the victor belong the spoils.