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

  1. 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.

verb (intr)

  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 placethat plate belongs in the cupboard
  6. informal to be suitable or acceptable, esp sociallyalthough they were rich, they just didn’t belong

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-.

see to the victor belong the spoils.

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