- To belong is defined as being a member, to fit in or be suitable for.
An example of to belong is to be a member of a book club.
These women belong to a book club.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to have a proper or suitable place: the chair belongs in the corner, she belongs in the movies
- to be part of; be related or connected (to)
- to be a member: with to
- to be owned: with to
- Slang to be the owner: with to: who belongs to this toothbrush?
Origin: Middle English bilangen ; from be-, intensive plush longen, to be suitable ; from Old English langian, to belong
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intransitive verb be·longed, be·long·ing, be·longs
- a. To be proper, appropriate, or suitable: A napkin belongs at every place setting.b. To be in an appropriate situation or environment: That plant belongs outdoors.
- a. To be a member of a group, such as a club.b. To fit into a group naturally: No matter what I did, I just didn't belong.
- To have in one's possession. Often used with to: “The earth belongs to the living” (Thomas Jefferson).
- To be a part of something else: These blades belong to the food processor.
Origin: Middle English bilongen : probably bi-, be- + longen, to belong (probably from long, dependent, from Old English gelang, along, depending; see del-1 in Indo-European roots).