belong
verb Etymology: Middle English belongen, from be- + longen to be suitable — more at long Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to be suitable, appropriate, or advantageous <
a dictionary belongs in every home
>
b. to be in a proper situation <
a man of his ability belongs in teaching
>
2. a. to be the property of a person or thing — used with to <
the book belongs to me
>
b. to be attached or bound by birth, allegiance, or dependencyusually used with to <
they belong to their homeland
>
c. to be a member of a club, organization, or set — usually used with to <
she belongs to a country club
>
3. to be an attribute, part, adjunct, or function of a person or thing <
nuts and bolts belong to a car
>
4. to be properly classified verbal auxiliary chiefly Southern & southern Midland ought, must

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — ► VERB 1) be rightly put into a particular position or class. 2) fit or be acceptable in a particular place or environment. 3) (belong to) be a member of. 4) (belong to) be the property or possession of …   English terms dictionary

  • Belong — Be*long , v. t. To be deserved by. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] More evils belong us than happen to us. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — [v1] be part of, be in proper place accord, agree, appertain, apply, associate, attach to, be a component, be a constituent, be akin, be an adjunct of, be a part, bear, bear upon, become, be connected with, befit, be fitting, be linked with, be… …   New thesaurus

  • belong — [bē lôŋ′, bilôŋ′] vi. [ME bilangen < be , intens. + longen, to be suitable < OE langian, to belong] 1. to have a proper or suitable place [the chair belongs in the corner, she belongs in the movies] 2. to be part of; be related or connected …   English World dictionary

  • belong — index comport (agree with), constitute (compose), correspond (be equivalent), pertain Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • belong — (v.) mid 14c., to go along with, properly relate to, from be intensive prefix, + longen to go, from O.E. langian pertain to, to go along with, of unknown origin. Senses of be the property of and be a member of first recorded late 14c. Cognate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • belong — pertain, appertain, relate, apply, *bear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • belong — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to deserve to be ) to belong in (he belongs in jail) 2) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be owned by ) (the book belongs to her) 3) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be a member of ) (to belong to an organization) 4) (d; intr.) ( to be… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • belong — be|long [ bı lɔŋ ] verb intransitive *** 1. ) to be in the right place: When you ve finished, put the cassettes back where they belong. belong in/on etc.: That lamp belongs on the desk. These workers belong in a different category. 2. ) to feel… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • belong — be|long W2S2 [bıˈlɔŋ US bıˈlo:ŋ] v [I not in progressive] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: long to be suitable (12 19 centuries), from Old English gelang dependent on ] 1.) [always + adverb/preposition] if something belongs somewhere, that is the right… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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