Belong Definition

bĭ-lông, -lŏng
belonged, belonging, belongs
belonged, belonging, belongs
To be proper, appropriate, or suitable.
A napkin belongs at every place setting.
American Heritage
To have a proper or suitable place.
The chair belongs in the corner; she belongs in the movies.
Webster's New World
To be in an appropriate situation or environment.
That plant belongs outdoors.
American Heritage
To be part of; be related or connected (to)
Webster's New World
To be a member of a group, such as a club.
American Heritage
  • go
  • belong to
  • indwell
  • touch
  • permeate
  • be an adjunct of
  • be an attribute of
  • be a constituent of
  • be a part of
  • have applicability to
  • have respect to
  • merge with
  • linked with
  • be related to
  • be akin to

(Australian Aboriginal‎, optionally followed by to) Of, belonging to.


Origin of Belong

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bilongen probably bi- be- longen to belong (probably from long dependent) (from Old English gelang along, depending del-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong.

    From Wiktionary

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