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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bɪˈlɔŋɪŋ/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /bɪˈlɑŋɪŋ/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɒŋɪŋ
- Hyphenation: be‧long‧ing
- (uncountable) The feeling that one belongs.
- I have a feeling of belonging in London.
- A need for belonging seems fundamental to humans.
- (countable, chiefly in the plural) Something physical that is owned.
- c. 1603–1604 (date written), William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene i]:
- […] Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
- 1939 April 14, John Steinbeck, chapter 9, in The Grapes of Wrath, New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press, →OCLC; Compass Books edition, New York, N.Y.: The Viking Press, 1967, →OCLC, page 88:
- In the little houses the tenant people sifted their belongings and the belongings of their fathers and of their grandfathers. Picked over their possessions for the journey to the west.
- (plural only, colloquial, dated) Family; relations; household.
- 1854, Arthur Pendennis [pseudonym; William Makepeace Thackeray], chapter XXXIII, in The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family, volumes (please specify |volume=I or II), London: Bradbury and Evans, […], →OCLC, page 322:
- When Lady Kew said Sic volo, sic jubeo [Thus I will, thus I command], I promise you few persons of her ladyship’s belongings stopped, before they did her biddings, to ask her reasons.
action of the verb belong
something physical that is owned