Definition of belong in US English:

belong

verb

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  • 1belong toBe the property of.

    ‘the vehicle did not belong to him’
    • ‘Property belongs to the rightful owner, to lawfully use as he or she sees fit.’
    • ‘This tower will be on property belonging to the Masonic Lodge.’
    • ‘Under it, all property belongs to the state and is equally distributed to farmers who can neither sell it nor leave it unused.’
    • ‘It also makes it more difficult to trace who property belongs to.’
    • ‘He stressed that while the rectory is the vicar's home, the property belongs to the diocese, which made the final decision to carry out the work.’
    • ‘She has been informed of this and we will endeavour to release any such property that belongs to her.’
    • ‘It has always been said that Westhoughton Cricket Ground doesn't only belong to the members, but belongs to the town in its present location.’
    • ‘This property belongs to the largest private owner of water in Australia.’
    • ‘They then went on to ransack a hangar belonging to the property, which houses an aeroplane, helicopter and car.’
    • ‘The stolen property belonged to employees of the pizzeria.’
    • ‘How did the bank give him a loan on a property that belongs to the BMP?’
    • ‘The property belongs to a York family who stay there in the school holidays and rent it out for the remainder of the year.’
    • ‘Property and cash belonging to Meehan and thought to total over €1 million was seized.’
    • ‘The third type of site belongs to a property manager with an inventory of homes in a individual destination.’
    • ‘Dispute arose over whether the Broke property, which belongs to friends, was his principle residence.’
    • ‘The property belongs to The National Trust and the event takes place on the 26th June.’
    • ‘Generally, land belongs jointly to the members of lineages or other kin groups.’
    • ‘They are living in a tiny trailer on the property belonging to a friend of a friend.’
    • ‘He says the civil debt recovery company can confiscate property belonging to the offender to cover any award made by the court.’
    • ‘Property belonging to one of the neighbouring residents was damaged in the incident.’
    be owned by, be the property of, be the possession of, be in the ownership of, be held by, be at the disposal of, be in the hands of
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    1. 1.1 Be the rightful possession of; be due to.
      ‘most of the credit belongs to Paul’
      • ‘Some of the credit belongs to the new structure we've put in place at the Department of Homeland Security.’
      • ‘All the merit belongs to the players and the coach.’
      • ‘Much of the success belongs to the committee members who gave of their time, talents and ideas to help raise awareness and dollars for such a worthwhile cause.’
      • ‘That credit belongs to the early Puritan families.’
      • ‘The merit belongs to all psychologists participating, for they make clinical and health psychology advance through the reflections and opinions displayed on these lines, which describe what we are and design what we want to be.’
    2. 1.2 (of a contest or period of time) be dominated by.
      ‘the race belonged completely to Ferguson’
      • ‘The second period of this game belonged to one man, Noel Delaney.’
      • ‘The second round belongs to Jones as he dominates the ring, forcing Filho to accept more punishment than is healthy for any human body.’
      • ‘Th home side dominated the opening period and were 3-up at half time, but the second period belonged to Long Lee.’
      • ‘The last twenty minutes of the match belonged to Tottenham, appearing in their sixth Final.’
      • ‘Perhaps some will think that in this, like other contests, victory belongs to the party that is left alone in the arena.’
      • ‘If the first half belonged to the Cougars the opening period of the second half certainly belonged to Barrow.’
      • ‘Bacall has played dozens of cameos and character roles in the past 30 years, but her most memorable film parts still belong to her Bogart period.’
      • ‘The second period belonged to the home side as they scored five goals without reply for an easy success.’
      • ‘The second day of the Trophy match belonged to the bowlers as 13 wickets fell in all.’
      • ‘Japan had their chances, but in reality the second half belonged to the Juniors as they closed out the game in injury time.’
      • ‘The first half was fairly even, but the second half belonged to the Zebras.’
      • ‘Domination of the 110m sprint hurdles, however, belonged to Oxford.’
      • ‘The opening period belonged to Celtic, although there was a spark missing from their performance.’
      • ‘However, the second period belonged to their visitors, who rattled in four unanswered goals to win 4-2.’
      • ‘However the Bushrangers seemed set to prove that the match belonged to them.’
  • 2belong toBe a member or part of (a particular group, organization, or class)

    ‘they belong to garden and bridge clubs’
    • ‘Their handlers belong to an organization that promotes animal welfare.’
    • ‘Forty-one UK councillors, three London Assembly members and two MEPs belong to the Green Party’
    • ‘Many families in the area had members who belonged to both organizations.’
    • ‘As, at this stage, most of the bids will still be in the ring, all those committee members belonging to the competing countries will be barred from this executive meeting.’
    • ‘But nobody calls it a front for any political organisation, though it has many members who belong to political organisations.’
    • ‘To accommodate this situation, the National Party would have to drop its policy of preventing members from belonging to other political parties.’
    • ‘We mourn them also as fellow citizens, killed because they belong to the greater whole to which we also all belong.’
    • ‘Well, I belonged to similar organizations in college, and let's just say it wouldn't surprise me.’
    • ‘Equity would maintain anyone not belonging to its organization is not a professional.’
    • ‘The views I present to you today are solely my own and not those of any client I represent or organization I belong to.’
    • ‘He recalls that in Houston, people belonging to a Gandhian organization had tried to stop the performances.’
    • ‘They were certified as being members of, or belonging to, or supporting or assisting, an international terrorist group.’
    • ‘Most of the organization's members belong to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.’
    • ‘Why should members bother to belong to an organisation that negotiates such a dismal contract?’
    • ‘They were also accused of belonging to an illegal organization.’
    • ‘She belongs to the same charity organization I do, although I am not sure why.’
    • ‘What I love about this group is that it belongs to the members - it's their group and they are in control 100 per cent.’
    • ‘People, irrespective of the economic strata to which they belong, have become quality conscious.’
    • ‘A person commits an offence if he belongs or professes to belong to a prescribed organisation.’
    • ‘We are very concerned that people in strategic organizations and people who are well qualified can belong to this organization.’
    be a member of, be in, be included in, be affiliated to, be allied to, be associated with, be connected to, be linked to, be an adherent of
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    1. 2.1usually with adverbial of place (of a person) fit in a specified place or environment.
      ‘she is a stranger, and doesn't belong here’
      ‘you and me, we belong together’
      • ‘He finds a man he can love, and a place in which he finally belongs, a place where life can be led to a Magnetic Fields soundtrack.’
      • ‘I mean, he did so much for the New York theater that I think he really belongs in some very, very special place, as one of the great New Yorkers.’
      • ‘He describes himself as perpetually nervous, afraid someone's going to wake him from the dream and put him back in jail, where he probably belongs.’
      • ‘If you don't belong to a group, then you don't belong here.’
      • ‘But he also belonged, in a geographical sense, to my own home state of Karnataka.’
      • ‘The noise that everybody made and the support that they gave me when I went off the court made me feel like I almost belonged there.’
      • ‘She realised that she knew little about the community to which she actually belonged.’
      • ‘It will also help strengthen the feeling of belonging among members.’
      • ‘As we have already seen, despite their races, regardless of their cultural differences, Mehuru and Frances do belong together.’
      • ‘Changes in the suburbs will help foster a sense of genuine belonging and personal security.’
      • ‘Through the imposing doors, facing the multitudes beyond the host stand, you realize you don't belong here.’
      • ‘Then, suddenly, he will put together a performance that indicates that he does belong there after all.’
      • ‘You are right, we don't belong together, we may love each other, but we aren't in love with one another.’
      • ‘I love my home, I love my job, I love belonging here, and I love this place, but it's trying my patience.’
      • ‘Wise woman that she was, she understood this was a situation where she didn't belong.’
      • ‘Sometimes we'd move back to this dilapidated family home and we would realize again that this was where we really belonged.’
      • ‘While we have decided to continue attending such events we debated over it for some time. We do not want to put ourselves in a situation where we would feel like we don't belong.’
      • ‘But there was something in the way he just stood that made it seem he didn't belong.’
      • ‘At an intersection we happened upon an extraordinary scene, and for the first time we felt as if we actually belonged there in the streets.’
      • ‘Because even in Egypt I have never belonged, but suddenly it hit me when we arrived in Greece that my foreignness gave me freedom.’
      fit in, be suited to, have a rightful place, have a home, be part of
      affiliation, acceptance, association, attachment, connection, union, integration, closeness
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    2. 2.2 Have the right personal or social qualities to be a member of a particular group.
      ‘young people are generally very anxious to belong’
      • ‘I belong to a family which belongs socially and religiously to Kashmir.’
      • ‘Apparently, to belong to an ethnic/racial group you just have to say you belong.’
      • ‘Society has an obligation to ensure that all its members are able to belong.’
      • ‘We want to point to the urgent need to examine the nature and effects of our very limited repertoire of ways of making sense of being, belonging and social order.’
      • ‘So it's usually up to technology project leaders wanting a seat at the CEO's table to convince management committee members that they belong.’
      • ‘Well I guess people belong to exclusive clubs, they want to belong for one reason or another.’
      • ‘Others have similar needs for social and ethnic belonging.’
      belonging, associateship
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  • 3with adverbial of place (of a thing) be rightly placed in a specified position.

    ‘learning to place the blame where it belongs’
    • ‘It's arguable that religious education belongs in the home and in the churches, and not in the public schools of a country with a constitution that provides for the separation of church and state.’
    • ‘Although the word ‘did’ is not actually in the text itself, as indicated by the italics in the KJV, it rightly belongs there.’
    • ‘Man Ray was experimenting with new techniques and compositions and many of the Surrealists used photography to signal that their art belonged firmly in the modern, mechanical world.’
    • ‘Have a look at what they actually agreed to and what has been done and then place the blame where it actually belongs.’
    • ‘It's now time for the people of the town to get behind them and help them get back where they rightly belong, but let's have fun on the way.’
    • ‘But Kuo said that the blame for such disasters belongs on public construction projects that used ecological unfriendly engineering methods.’
    • ‘What you do get though is a penetrating and revealing look at an important artist, and if you have the slightest interest in the man, this volume belongs on your shelf.’
    • ‘It's time to place the blame for violence where it truly belongs, on the perpetrator and not the tool.’
    • ‘He'd once asked a conference of chief executive officers to which leading company the statement belonged.’
    • ‘It was fulfilling to see a club that has battled against adversity for so long finally get back to where they believe they rightly belong.’
    • ‘I seek to change the focus of politics in Ireland away from money and back to families, where it rightly belongs.’
    • ‘This money rightly belongs in the pockets of our 3 million taxpayers and should not have been collected in the first place.’
    • ‘The buck is passed back where it rightly belongs.’
    • ‘Perhaps, like me, you think that too much blame is placed where it doesn't belong.’
    • ‘And thus the ideas of time and space have each its peculiar and exclusive relations; position and figure belonging only to space, while repetition and rhythm are appropriate to time.’
    • ‘Moreover, the basis of the Apollonian-Dionysian opposition belongs squarely within the modern philosophy of the Subject.’
    • ‘You may be tempted to lay the blame where it rightly belongs, on others.’
    • ‘Those who are worried about these traditions falling into oblivion should preserve them in the archives where they rightly belong.’
    • ‘The harmonies belong more to modern concert music than to pop.’
    • ‘If that means we have to stake a position, put down a marker that jobs belong here and your job belongs here, then we should do it and not be afraid to say it.’
    1. 3.1 Be rightly classified in or assigned to a specified category.
      ‘bony fish: the vast majority of living fish belong here’
      • ‘Quicksilver is set in the late seventeenth century, and belongs in a category of novels which some would call historical, or picaresque, or possible just an adventure story.’
      • ‘Actually that belongs in a bottom five category.’
      • ‘If you see something you think belongs in a different category, by all means let me know.’
      • ‘Homo, the genus to which modern humans belong, appears in the east African fossil record about 2.4 Ma ago.’
      • ‘The prints of the artists Hao Ping or Hao Boyi belong into this category.’
      • ‘I'll let you decide which category that belongs in.’
      • ‘And indeed, the majority of inventions chosen do belong in this category.’
      • ‘As portrayed here, The Alamo belongs in the latter category.’
      • ‘Sea salt is the category to which belong many of the kinds of salt specially prized by connoisseurs.’
      • ‘Mosaic tiles used to belong in the same design category as sponging, rag rolling and other DIY paint effects.’
      • ‘Therefore cannabis, unlike drugs, which are synthetically made by man or derived from plant sources - such as heroin and cocaine, do not belong in the same category.’
      • ‘So, the Tulip Revolution belongs in the same category as the Orange Revolution, the Rose Revolution, etc.’
      • ‘Still others may belong to poorly known metazoan taxa that may or may not belong in any known phyla, and others are probably too poorly preserved to be informative.’
      • ‘But, of course, differences arise over what belongs in each category.’
      • ‘This advice or suggestion, a standard supportive technique, belongs in Category 2.’
      • ‘Divorce presents a particular problem because, as a phenomenon, it belongs under two categories at once.’
      • ‘This link seems to indicate that there is indeed a human species, Homo Sapiens, to the subspecies of which, Homo Sapiens Sapiens all modern humans belong.’
      have a place, be located, be situated, be found, lie, stand, be included, be classed, be classified, be categorized
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Origin

Old English belangian, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

belong

/bəˈlɔŋ//bəˈlôNG/