belong

Definitions

  • It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening
    It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v belong be owned by; be in the possession of "This book belongs to me"
    • v belong be a part or adjunct "the uniform looks like it belonged to a museum collection","These pages don't belong"
    • v belong be rightly classified in a class or category "The whales belong among the mammals"
    • v belong be suitable or acceptable "This student somehow doesn't belong"
    • v belong 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?"
    • v belong be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (of a group, organization, or place) "They belong to the same political party"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At Arkansas State University two people cannot hold hands while standing in a doorway unless they belong to a union.
    • Belong To be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service. "A desert place belonging to . . . Bethsaids.""The mighty men which belonged to David."
    • v. t Belong To be deserved by. "More evils belong us than happen to us."
    • Belong 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. "Bastards also are settled in the parishes to which the mothers belong ."
    • Belong To be suitable for; to be due to. "Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.""No blame belongs to thee."
    • Belong To be the concern or proper business or function of; to appertain to. "Do not interpretations belong to God ?"
    • Belong To be the property of; as, Jamaica belongs to Great Britain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Bird eggs come in a wide variety of sizes. The largest egg from a living bird belongs to the ostrich. It is more than 2,000 times larger than the smallest bird egg, which is produced by the hummingbird. Ostrich eggs are about 7.1 inches long, 5.5 inches wide and typically weigh 2.7 pounds. Hummingbird eggs are half an inch long, a third of an inch wide and weigh half a gram, or less than a fifth of an ounce.
    • belong To go along with anything, or accompany it as an adjunct or attribute; pertain; appertain; be a property (of); be in the power or at the disposal (of).
    • belong To be the concern or proper business (of); appertain (to): as, it belongs to John Doe to prove the title.
    • belong To be appendant (to); be connected (with); be a special relation (to): as, a beam or rafter belongs to such a frame, or to such a place in the building.
    • belong To be suitable; be due.
    • belong To have a settled residence (in); be domiciled (in); specifically, have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy (in), whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be chargeable upon the parish or town: said of a pauper, or one likely to become such.
    • belong To be a native (of); have original residence (in).
    • belong To have its (or one's) proper place; be resident: as, this book belongs on the top shelf; I belong here (in this house or town).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Shakespeare, Rosalind, the heroine of "As You Like It", has more lines than any of Shakespeare's female characters. Cleopatra comes in second with 670 lines and third place belongs to Imogen ("Cymbeline"), with 591 lines.
    • v.i Belong be-long′ 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:
    • v.i Belong be-long′ (U.S.) to be a native of, or have a residence in
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Quotations

  • W. Somerset Maugham
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    “Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.”
  • Harold Philby
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    “To betray you must first belong.”
  • Stephen B. Leacock
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    “The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.”
  • James F. Cooper
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    “Candor is a proof of both a just frame of mind, and of a good tone of breeding. It is a quality that belongs equally to the honest man and to the gentleman.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
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    “One belongs to New York instantly. One belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. belongen,akin to D. belangen, to concern, G. belangen, to attain to, to concern); pref. be-, + longen, to desire. See Long (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Bi-, be-longen, intens. of longen, with pfx. be-. See Long.

Usage

In literature:

Cross Hall belongs to mamma for her life, as much as Manor Cross does to him for his.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
The same right or privilege belongs to women, but they are not protected in the exercise of it.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
This curiosity, this impulse to know, are not specifically religious; they belong rather to philosophy.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Can the woman of the future belong to herself?
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Belonged to the union in Philadelphia.
"The Social Work of the Salvation Army" by Edwin Gifford Lamb
Education belongs to the Church!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
The word "illumination" in books belongs to the gilded illustrations of immortal thoughts.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
They belong to the class of mucous follicles.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Each man ran about on the deck collecting busily all his belongings into one pile.
"Gold" by Stewart White
You know that belongs to her from her father's side.
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
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In poetry:

For the last hour
To joy belongs:
The steadfast perish,
But not the songs.
"The Stream’s Song" by Lascelles Abercrombie
To our Redeemer, God,
Wisdom and power belongs,
Immortal crowns of majesty,
And everlasting songs.
"Hymn 51" by Isaac Watts
Dear Christ, forever here and near,
No cradle song,
No natal hour and mother's tear,
To thee belong.
"Christmas Morn" by Mary Baker Eddy
Take, dear, my little sheaf of songs,
For, old or new,
All that is good in them belongs
Only to you;
"Dedication--To My Wife" by William Ernest Henley
Until—but am I not too free,
Most courteous stranger,
With secrets which belong to me?
There is a danger.
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray
I often thought I'd volunteer
And run for a "comish,"
But as I failed to do it
I now belong to the "milish."
"Just After The War" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

While Mr Levy, 49, truly did seem euphoric on this warm, bright morning, sitting for one last round of interviews in an office stripped of personal belongings and strewn with packing boxes, the truth is almost certainly more complex.
His locker stall remained the way he left it, his personal belongings untouched.
The widow of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has asked that Arafat's remains be exhumed after abnormal levels of polonium-210, a radioactive poison, were found on his final personal belongings, The Associated Press reports.
The SUV belonged to 33-year-old Randy Back, who worked there.
Soon, all your base are belong to you, yes you, because you'll be fabbing them up in the privacy of your own home.
Darryl Smith / Special to Courier & Press "Mad Hatter", a Harris Hawk belonging to Falconer Jason Mooney of Boonville, Ind.
1 in women's hockey, and the Lakers don't mind having to prove they belong there every week.
DNA testing has confirmed that a human leg bone found by a dog last December south of Mankato belongs to a missing Mapleton man.
A flawless, 76.02-carat white diamond that used to belong to Archduke Joseph of Austria is expected to fetch between $15 and $25 million at an upcoming Christie's auction in Geneva, Switzerland.
The year 2011 now belongs to the history books.
School districts are being evaluated this fall to determine if they belong in fiscal watch status, a new category for designating local government entities on a slippery financial slope.
The home literally looks prehistoric and like it belongs on the set of 'The Flintstones .
My older brother already belonged.
For at least two decades, Edith Ann belonged to everyone, and to no one.
The latest belongs to Europe's richest woman, Liliane Bettencourt.
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In science:

In the ‘chaotic case’ it is conjectured that the correlations should belong to the universality class of RMT, while in integrable cases they should belong to that of Poisson processes.
Universality and scaling of zeros on symplectic manifolds
In fact, it was pointed out in that the gauge theory belongs to the class of orbifold theories of N = 4 SYM, where the Z2 pro jection belongs to the center of the Rsymmetry group.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
By the same argument as before, V0 is disjoint from the two sets VU and VD , since the “ready–state” is macroscopically different from the “U” and “D” states; consequently, if the vector, at the end of the measuring process, belongs to V0 , it cannot belong either to VU or to VD .
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
It is now very simple to prove that for each α belonging to J + , |F u+d αi cannot belong either to VU or to VD .
A General Argument Against the Universal Validity of the Superposition Principle
We claim that all does not belong to zu characteristics of e′ do not belong to il.
Moore-Penrose inverse, parabolic subgroups, and Jordan pairs
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