AskDefine | Define belong

Dictionary Definition



1 be owned by; be in the possession of; "This book belongs to me"
2 originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country" [syn: dwell, consist, lie, lie in]
3 be suitable or acceptable; "This student somehow doesn't belong"
4 be in the right place or situation; "Where do these books belong?"; "Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government"; "Where do these books go?" [syn: go]
5 be classified with; "The whales belong among the mammals"

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Etymology 1

be- + langian


  • a UK: /bɪˈlɒŋ/, /bI"lQN/
  • a US: , /bɪˈlɔŋ/, /bI"lON/


  1. To have its proper place.
    • Where does this document belong?
  2. (of a person) To be accepted in a group.
    • You don’t belong here — get out.
  3. (followed by to) To be a part of a group.
    • I don’t belong to them!
  4. (followed by to) To be the property of.
    • That house belongs to me.
  5. (followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of.
  6. In the context of "intransitive|settheory": (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol \in means belongs to.
    • Suppose x belongs to \mathbb... (-- written: x \in \mathbb)
Derived terms
have its proper place
  • Czech: patřit
  • Danish: have sin plads, passe
  • Dutch: thuishoren, horen
  • Finnish: kuulua
  • Portuguese: pertencer
  • Swedish: höra
  • Tatar: belän
be accepted in a group
be part of a group
  • Czech: patřit
  • Dutch: horen bij, thuishoren bij
be the property of
be the guardian, spouse or partner of
  • Czech: patřit
  • Danish: henhøre (under)
  • Dutch: horen bij, bij iemand zijn
  • Finnish: kuulua
set theory: be an element of

Alternative spellings


  1. (northern Australian Aboriginal) (optionally followed by to) of, belonging to
  • 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory
    Jim Campbell, Charlie, Dick, ... Fred, lubra b’longa him, me, thass all.
  • 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma
    By an’ bye ’im grow ’m up make ’m good fella stockman b’longta you.
  • 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud
    Those who had persevered with the course and had acquired some skill were now almost deferentially called ‘Maban (expert) belonga clay’.
  • 1986, Kowanyama News, Dec.
    Them two bin help’m too, and that father blung to this one old Frank.
  • 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen
    There’s the bloke that’s kill that feller, uncle belong you an me.
  • 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories
    Get that fire [wood] stacked up like that tree there, that high ... It wasn’t wood belong to that fire pile. Might be for station, or somebody else, you know.

Extensive Definition

Belonging can refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accord, affect, agree, answer to, appertain, appertain to, apply to, be a member, be inscribed, be there, bear on, bear upon, become, befit, belong to, carry a card, chime, concern, connect, correspond, correspond to, deal with, fit, fit in, go, harmonize, have connection with, have its place, have place, hold membership, indwell, inhere, interest, involve, liaise with, link with, match, pertain, pertain to, refer to, regard, relate to, respect, set, subscribe, suit, tally, tie in with, touch, touch upon, treat of, vest, vest in
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