belong[bē lôŋ′, bi-]
These women belong to a book club.
An example of to belong is to be a member of a book club.
- 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 of belongMiddle English bilangen ; from be-, intensive + longen, to be suitable ; from Old English langian, to belong
intransitive verbbe·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 be owned by someone. 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 of belongMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present belongs, present participle belonging, simple past and past participle belonged)
- (intransitive) To have its proper place.
- Where does this document belong?
- (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.
- (intransitive, set theory) (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol means belongs to.
- Suppose belongs to ... (— written:)
From Middle English belongen, from be- + longen (“to belong”), from Old English langian (“to pertain to, suit”). Compare Dutch belangen (“to concern”), German belangen (“to attain, concern”). More at be-, long.
- (Australian Aboriginal, optionally followed by to) Of, belonging to.