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belonging

[bih-lawng-ing, -long-] /bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ-/
noun
1.
something that belongs.
2.
belongings, possessions; goods; personal effects.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; belong + -ing1
Related forms
unbelonging, adjective

belong

[bih-lawng, -long] /bɪˈlɔŋ, -ˈlɒŋ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to be in the relation of a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (usually followed by to):
He belongs to the Knights of Columbus.
2.
to have the proper qualifications, especially social qualifications, to be a member of a group:
You don't belong in this club.
3.
to be proper or due; be properly or appropriately placed, situated, etc.:
Books belong in every home. This belongs on the shelf. He is a statesman who belongs among the great.
Verb phrases
4.
belong to,
  1. to be the property of:
    The book belongs to her.
  2. to be a part or adjunct of:
    That cover belongs to this jar.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English belongen, equivalent to be- be- + longen to belong, verbal derivative of long (adj.) belonging, Old English gelang along1
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  • They provide a sense of belonging and self-worth, and the courage to face tomorrow.
  • They grew up as the leftovers of an unpopular war, straddling two worlds but belonging to neither.
British Dictionary definitions for belonging

belonging

/bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ/
noun
1.
secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)

belong

/bɪˈlɒŋ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(foll by to) to be the property or possession (of)
2.
(foll by to) to be bound to (a person, place, or club) by ties of affection, dependence, allegiance, or membership
3.
foll by to, under, with, etc. to be classified (with): this plant belongs to the daisy family
4.
(foll by to) to be a part or adjunct (of): this top belongs to the smaller box
5.
to have a proper or usual place: that plate belongs in the cupboard
6.
(informal) to be suitable or acceptable, esp socially: although they were rich, they just didn't belong
Word Origin
C14 belongen, from be- (intensive) + longen; related to Old High German bilangēn to reach; see long³
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Word Origin and History for belonging

belong

v.

mid-14c., "to go along with, properly relate to," from be- intensive prefix, + longen "to go," from Old English 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 with Middle Dutch belanghen, Dutch belangen, German belangen. Replaced earlier Old English gelang, with completive prefix ge-.

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