from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be proper, appropriate, or suitable: A napkin belongs at every place setting.
- intransitive v. To be in an appropriate situation or environment: That plant belongs outdoors.
- intransitive v. To be a member of a group, such as a club.
- intransitive v. To fit into a group naturally: No matter what I did, I just didn't belong.
- intransitive v. To have in one's possession. Often used with to: "The earth belongs to the living” ( Thomas Jefferson).
- intransitive v. To be a part of something else: These blades belong to the food processor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To have its proper place.
- v. (of a person) To be accepted in a group.
- v. (followed by to) To be a part of a group.
- v. (followed by to) To be the property of.
- v. (followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of.
- v. (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol means belongs to.
- v. To be deserved by.
- prep. Of, belonging to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To be the property of.
- intransitive v. To be a part of, or connected with; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service.
- intransitive v. To be the concern or proper business or function of; to appertain to.
- intransitive v. To be suitable for; to be due to.
- intransitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To be deserved by.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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).
- To be the concern or proper business (of); appertain (to): as, it belongs to John Doe to prove the title.
- 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.
- To be suitable; be due.
- 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.
- To be a native (of); have original residence (in).
- 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).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a part or adjunct
- v. be suitable or acceptable
- v. be owned by; be in the possession of
- v. be in the right place or situation
- v. be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (of a group, organization, or place)
- v. be rightly classified in a class or category
Middle English bilongen : probably bi-, be- + longen, to belong (probably from long, dependent, from Old English gelang, along, depending; see del-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong. (Wiktionary)