This page has 8 definitions of belong in English. Belong is a verb and preposition. Examples of how to use belong in a sentence are shown. Also define these 15 related words and terms: proper, place, accepted, group, part, property, spouse, partner, set theory, element, set, deserve, to, of, and belonging.
- (Received Pronunciation): IPA(key): /bɪˈlɒŋ/
- (General American): enPR: bĭ-lôngʹ, IPA(key): /bɪˈlɔŋ/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈlɑŋ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒŋ
- Hyphenation: be‧long
From Middle English belongen, bilongen, from Middle English be- + longen (“to be fitting, be suitable”), from Old English langian (“to pertain to, suit”), equivalent to be- + long (“to belong”). Compare Saterland Frisian beloangje (“to attain, reach, meet”), Dutch belangen (“to concern”), German belangen (“to attain, concern”).
- (intransitive) To have its proper place.
- Where does this document belong?
- (of a person) To be accepted in a group.
- You don’t belong here — get out.
- (followed by to) To be a part of a group.
- I don’t belong to them!
Accepted definitionsimple past tense and past participle of
- (intransitive, followed by to) To be part of, or the property of.
- That house belongs to me.
- 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 2, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
- Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.
- (intransitive, followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (intransitive, set theory) (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol
means belongs to.
belongs to ... (— written: )
- (obsolete, transitive) To be deserved by.
- This is generally a stative verb that rarely takes the continuous inflection. See Category:English stative verbs
- → Jersey Dutch: belânge
- belong at OneLook Dictionary Search
- blung, b'longta, b'longa, belonga, blonga
- (Australian Aboriginal, optionally followed by to) Of, belonging to.
- 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory:
- Jim Campbell, Charlie, Dick, ... Fred, lubra b’longa him, me, thass all.
- 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma:
- By an’ bye ’im grow ’m up make ’m good fella stockman b’longta you.
- 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud:
- Those who had persevered with the course and had acquired some skill were now almost deferentially called ‘Maban (expert) belonga clay’.
- 1986 December, Kowanyama News:
- Them two bin help’m too, and that father blung to this one old Frank.
- 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen:
- There’s the bloke that’s kill that feller, uncle belong you an me.
- 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories:
- Get that fire [wood] stacked up like that tree there, that high ... It wasn’t wood belong to that fire pile. Might be for station, or somebody else, you know.