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belong

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English

Etymology

From Middle English belongen, be- (intensifier) + Old English langian (pertain to, suit)

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to belong

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to belong (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To have its proper place.
    • Where does this document belong?
  2. (intransitive) (of a person) To be accepted in a group.
    • You don’t belong here — get out.
  3. (intransitive) (followed by to) To be a part of a group.
    • I don’t belong to them!
  4. (intransitive) (followed by to) To be the property of.
    • That house belongs to me.
  5. (intransitive) (followed by to) To be the spouse or partner of.
  6. (intransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) (followed by to) To be an element of (a set). The symbol <math>\in </math> means belongs to.
    • Suppose <math>x</math> belongs to <math>\mathbb{R}</math>... (-- written: <math>x \in \mathbb{R}</math>)
Derived terms
Translations

Kriol

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Alternative spellings

Etymology

Compare Kriol blanga, Bislama blong, Tok Pisin bilong, and Torres Strait Creole blong.

Pronunciation

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Preposition

belong

  1. (northern Australian Aboriginal) (optionally followed by to) of, belonging to
Quotations
  • 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory
    Jim Campbell, Charlie, Dick, ... Fred, lubra b’longa him, me, thass all.
  • 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma
    By an’ bye ’im grow ’m up make ’m good fella stockman b’longta you.
  • 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud
    Those who had persevered with the course and had acquired some skill were now almost deferentially called ‘Maban (expert) belonga clay’.
  • 1986, Kowanyama News, Dec.
    Them two bin help’m too, and that father blung to this one old Frank.
  • 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen
    There’s the bloke that’s kill that feller, uncle belong you an me.
  • 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories
    Get that fire [wood] stacked up like that tree there, that high ... It wasn’t wood belong to that fire pile. Might be for station, or somebody else, you know.

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