See also: bêlong
From Middle English belongen, from be- + longen (“to belong”), from Old English langian (“to pertain to, suit”). Compare Dutch belangen (“to concern”), German belangen (“to attain, concern”). More at be-, long.
- (Received Pronunciation): IPA(key): /bɪˈlɒŋ/
- (General American): enPR: bĭ-lôngʹ, IPA(key): /bɪˈlɔŋ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒŋ
- Hyphenation: be‧long
- (intransitive) To have its proper place.
Where does this document belong?
- (intransitive, followed by to) To be part of, or the property of.
That house belongs to me.
- (intransitive, followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (intransitive, set theory) (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol means belongs to.
Suppose belongs to ... (— written: )
- (obsolete, transitive) To be deserved by.
have its proper place
be accepted in a group
be part of a group
be the property of
be the guardian, spouse or partner of
set theory: be an element of
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- (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.