Definition for belonging (2 of 2)
verb (used without object)
- to be the property of: The book belongs to her.
- to be a part or adjunct of: That cover belongs to this jar.
Examples from the Web for belonging
The issue explored the theme of vulnerability, “relevant to anyone who seeks understanding, change, love, and belonging.”
They cross gender boundaries, geography, issues of wealth and belonging.Colum McCann Talks New Novel ‘TransAtlantic’ and Narrative4|Phil Klay|June 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He added that a plant nursery and two tractors, belonging to local Abdel Azziz Nasserallah, were also damaged in the attack.
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|Edward Conlon|April 7, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He quickly remarried, leaving McWilliam with an almost fairytale sense of not belonging.Blindness as a Way of Seeing: Candia McWilliam’s Powerful Memoir|Lucy Scholes|April 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
What else you have belonging to other poor devils and corporations does not concern me.The Exiles and Other Stories|Richard Harding Davis
We had spent a day, the summer before, on one belonging to a friend of mine, and she had been enraptured with the life.Novel Notes|Jerome K. Jerome
It is said that at one time there were over four hundred of these in Rome, belonging to the nobles, great and small.Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 1|Francis Marion Crawford
One of the meanings of the word "common" is "belonging to all."The Canadian Girl at Work|Marjory MacMurchy
This testimony was ruled out of order, as belonging to an entirely different case.Mysteries of Police and Crime|Arthur Griffiths
British Dictionary definitions for belonging (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for belonging (2 of 2)
Word Origin for 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.