Date: 1300-1400
Origin: long 'to be suitable' (12-19 centuries), from Old English gelang 'dependent on'


be‧long S2 W2 [intransitive not in progressive]
1 [always + adverb/preposition] if something belongs somewhere, that is the right place or situation for it:
Put the chair back where it belongs.
belong in
an attitude that doesn't belong in modern society
2 if you feel you belong in a place or situation, you feel happy and comfortable in it, because you have the same interests and ideas as other people:
I worked there for five years but never really felt I belonged.
belonging noun [uncountable]
It's important to have a sense of belonging (=a feeling that you are happy and comfortable somewhere).

belong to somebody/something

phrasal verb
1 if something belongs to someone, they own it:
The book belongs to Dan.
Who does this scarf belong to?
2 to be a member of a group or organization:
He belongs to the golf club.
3 to be related to something or form part of it:
cars that belong to a different era
4 to be related to or produced by a particular person:
She recognized the voice as belonging to the man who had attacked her.
5 if a competition or period of time belongs to someone, they are the most important or successful person in it:
All the acts were good, but the evening belonged to a dance group from Moscow.

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