Belong Be*long", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Belonged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belonging}.] [OE. belongen (akin to D. belangen to concern, G. belangen to attain to, to concern); pref. be- + longen to desire. See {Long}, v. i.]

Note: [Usually construed with to.] 1. To be the property of; as, Jamaica belongs to Great Britain. [1913 Webster]

2. To be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service. [1913 Webster]

A desert place belonging to . . . Bethsaids. --Luke ix. 10. [1913 Webster]

The mighty men which belonged to David. --1 Kings i. 8. [1913 Webster]

3. To be the concern or proper business or function of; to appertain to. ``Do not interpretations belong to God ?'' --Gen. xl. 8. [1913 Webster]

4. To be suitable for; to be due to. [1913 Webster]

Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. --Heb. v. 14. [1913 Webster]

No blame belongs to thee. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To be native to, or an inhabitant of; esp. to have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by the parish or town. [1913 Webster]

Bastards also are settled in the parishes to which the mothers belong. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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