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.
- (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
- 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.