What does belong mean?

Definitions for belong
bɪˈlɔŋ, -ˈlɒŋbe·long

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word belong.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. belongverb

    be owned by; be in the possession of

    "This book belongs to me"

  2. belongverb

    be suitable or acceptable

    "This student somehow doesn't belong"

  3. belong, goverb

    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?"

  4. belongverb

    be rightly classified in a class or category

    "The whales belong among the mammals"

  5. belongverb

    be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (of a group, organization, or place)

    "They belong to the same political party"

  6. belong to, belongverb

    be a part or adjunct

    "the uniform looks like it belonged to a museum collection"; "These pages don't belong"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Belongverb

    Etymology: belangen, Dutch.

    To light on a part of a field belonging to Boaz. Ruth, ii. 3.

    There is no need of any such redress;
    Or if there were, it not belongs to you. William Shakespeare, Hen. IV.

    The declaration of these latent philosophers belongs to another paper. Boyle.

    To Jove the care of heav’n and earth belongs. John Dryden, Virg.

    He went into a desart belonging to Bethsaida. Luke, ix. 10.

    To whom belongest thou? whence art thou? 1 Sam. xxx. 13.

    The faculties belonging to the supreme spirit, are unlimited and boundless, fitted and designed for infinite objects. George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles.

    He careth for things that belong to the Lord. 1 Cor. vii. 32.


  1. belong

    Belong generally refers to the state of being a member or part of a particular group, organization, community, or place. It implies a sense of fitting in, having a connection, or being included within a certain social, cultural, or physical context. It often involves having shared values, interests, or affiliation with a collective entity, and experiencing a sense of identity, acceptance, and familiarity within that context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belongverb

    to be the property of; as, Jamaica belongs to Great Britain

  2. Belongverb

    to be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service

  3. Belongverb

    to be the concern or proper business or function of; to appertain to

  4. Belongverb

    to be suitable for; to be due to

  5. Belongverb

    to be native to, or an inhabitant of; esp. to have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by the parish or town

  6. Belongverb

    to be deserved by


  1. Belong

    Belong is an American experimental music duo composed of Turk Dietrich and Michael Jones. The group formed in New Orleans in 2002. Their debut album, October Language, was recorded in 2004 and released in 2006. The duo's sound blends ambient and glitch styles, with a focus on guitar textures. Reviews of their music have made comparisons to current Glitch and electronica artists like Fennesz and Tim Hecker, as well as the early 1990s shoegazing sound attributed to bands such as My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Guitars and synthesizers are run through various effects to produce the band's unique sound. October Language is said, by many fans, to be strongly linked in theme and tone to the duo's New Orleans locale. In January 2008, their Tour EP, surfaced in 128 kbit/s quality, ripped by a fan. Belong decided to directly offer it to fans in MP3 for free, at a higher quality 192 kbit/s. This was also done for their latest EP, Same Places, this time in 320 kbit/s. In 2009, "October Language" was released on vinyl by Geographic North Records, a label based out of Atlanta, GA.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belong

    be-long′, v.i. to go along with: to pertain to: to be one's property: to be a part of, or appendage of, or in any way connected with: to be specially the business of: (U.S.) to be a native of, or have a residence in.—n.pl. Belong′ings, circumstances or relations of any person: possessions: persons connected, relatives: accessories. [Bi-, be-longen, intens. of longen, with pfx. be-. See Long.]

Editors Contribution

  1. belong

    To feel a sense of unity and community.

    To feel like you belong is gift for sure.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

  2. belong

    To have the right.

    The land belongs to the family and is in farming use at present.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 13, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Belong is ranked #135593 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Belong surname appeared 124 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Belong.

    39.5% or 49 total occurrences were White.
    25.8% or 32 total occurrences were Asian.
    16.9% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    8.8% or 11 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belong' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4505

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belong' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3191

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'belong' in Verbs Frequency: #325

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belong in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belong in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of belong in a Sentence

  1. Albert Einstein, The World As I See It (autobio, 1934):

    The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence - these are the features of Jewish tradition that make me thank my stars that I belong to it.

  2. Gamal Fouda:

    This person is brain-washed, terrorists who do such inhumane and vile acts do not belong to any religion. They act out of sheer hate, and they have no place in our country. Our first thoughts and prayers are for the victims and their families.

  3. Jeffrey McCall:

    Sure, it's New Year's Eve and some lighthearted revelry is in order, but the Cohen outburst just didn't belong on the once-proud cable channel.And once Cohen's rant took off, nobody in the production center apparently had enough sense to cut his microphone or switch to another shot, when you let the hosts get out of control, the channel should expect some out of control content.

  4. Dwight Morrow:

    The world is divided into people who do things, and people who get credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class, there is far less competition.

  5. Karl Turk:

    I want my students to know that I care about them, that I work for and belong to them, so often, it's the messenger more than the message, I want to be the messenger that my students embrace.

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Translations for belong

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  • ينتميArabic
  • принадлежа́, членувам, принадлежа, собственост съм наBulgarian
  • patřitCzech
  • plads, tilhøre, hjemme, passe, høre, henhøreDanish
  • sind Element von, dazugehören, ist Element von, hingehören, gehörenGerman
  • pertenecer a, pertenecer, a, formar parte, pertencerSpanish
  • تعلق داشتنPersian
  • lukeutua, kuuluaFinnish
  • avoir sa place, faire partie, trouver sa place, appartenirFrench
  • buinScottish Gaelic
  • appartenere, aItalian
  • insumLatin
  • piederētLatvian
  • horen, zijn, tot, iemand, van, toebehoren, bij, behoren, aan, thuishorenDutch
  • należeć doPolish
  • pertencerPortuguese
  • принадлежа́ть, [[быть]] «[[свойRussian
  • spadati, pripadatiSerbo-Croatian
  • höra hit, tillhöra, höra till, höraSwedish
  • belänTatar
  • 属于Chinese

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    • A. omnifarious
    • B. occlusive
    • C. extroversive
    • D. adscripted

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