belong ( belongs 3rd person present) ( belonging present participle) ( belonged past tense & past participle )
1 verb If something belongs to you, you own it.
The house had belonged to her family for three or four generations. V to n
2 verb You say that something belongs to a particular person when you are guessing, discovering, or explaining that it was produced by or is part of that person.
The handwriting belongs to a male... V to n
3 verb If someone belongs to a particular group, they are a member of that group.
I used to belong to a youth club. V to n
4 verb If something or someone belongs in or to a particular category, type, or group, they are of that category, type, or group.
The judges could not decide which category it belonged in... V in/to n
5 verb If something belongs to a particular time, it comes from that time.
The pictures belong to an era when there was a preoccupation with high society. V to n
6 verb If you say that something belongs to someone, you mean that person has the right to it.
...but the last word belonged to Rosanne. V to n
7 verb If you say that a time belongs to a particular system or way of doing something, you mean that that time is or will be characterized by it.
The future belongs to democracy. V to n
8 verb If a baby or child belongs to a particular adult, that adult is his or her parent or the person who is looking after him or her.
He deduced that the two children belonged to the couple. V to n
9 v-recip When lovers say that they belongtogether, they are expressing their closeness or commitment to each other.
I really think that we belong together... V together
He belongs with me. V with n
10 verb If a person or thing belongs in a particular place or situation, that is where they should be.
You don't belong here... V adv/prep
I'm so glad to see you back where you belong... V adv/prep
They need to feel they belong. V
...a man utterly without a sense of belonging.