Definition of belong verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    belong

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    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋ//
     
    (not used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they belong
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋ//
     
    he / she / it belongs
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋz//
     
    past simple belonged
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋd//
     
    past participle belonged
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋd//
     
    -ing form belonging
    BrE BrE//bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɪˈlɔːŋɪŋ//
     
    Happiness
     
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  1. 1  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to be in the right or suitable place Where do these plates belong (= where are they kept)? Are you sure these documents belong together? Several of the points you raise do not belong in this discussion. A person like that does not belong in teaching.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to feel comfortable and happy in a particular situation or with a particular group of people I don't feel as if I belong here. See related entries: Happiness
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from be- (as an intensifier) + the archaic verb long ‘belong’, based on Old English gelang ‘at hand, together with’. Phrasal Verbsbelong to somebodybelong to something
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