belong

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See also: bêlong

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English belongen, bilongen, from Middle English be- + longen (to be fitting, be suitable), from Old English langian (to pertain to, suit), equivalent to be- +‎ long (to belong). Compare Saterland Frisian beloangje (to attain, reach, meet), Dutch belangen (to concern), German belangen (to attain, concern).

Verb[edit]

belong (third-person singular simple present belongs, present participle belonging, simple past and past participle belonged)

  1. (intransitive) To have its proper place.
    Where does this document belong?
    1. (of a person) To be accepted in a group.
      You don’t belong here — get out.
    2. (followed by to) To be a part of a group.
      I don’t belong to them!
  2. (intransitive, followed by to) To be part of, or the property of.
    That house belongs to me.
  3. (intransitive, followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  4. (intransitive, set theory) (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol means belongs to.
    Suppose belongs to ... (— written: )
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To be deserved by.
    • 1953, Ben Jonson, Timber: Or, Discoveries[1], page 70:
      More evils belong us than happen to us.

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  • Jersey Dutch: belânge
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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong.

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belong

  1. (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 December, Kowanyama News:
      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.