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Noun: belonging  bi'long-(g)ing [N. Amer], bi'lóng-(g)ing [Brit]
  1. Happiness felt in a secure relationship
    "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
Verb: belong  bi'long or bee'long [N. Amer], bi'lóng [Brit]
  1. Be owned by; be in the possession of
    "This book belongs to me"
  2. Be suitable or acceptable
    "This student somehow doesn't belong"
  3. Be in the right place or situation
    "Let's put health care where it belongs--under the control of the government"; "Where do these books belong?";
    - go
  4. Be rightly classified in a class or category
    "The whales belong among the mammals"
  5. Be a member, adherent, inhabitant, etc. (of a group, organization, or place)
    "They belong to the same political party"
  6. Be a part or adjunct
    "the uniform looks like it belonged to a museum collection"; "These pages don't belong";
    - belong to

Derived forms: belongings

Type of: be, happiness

Encyclopedia: Belonging