belong

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/bɪˈlɒŋ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/bɪˈlɔŋ, -ˈlɑŋ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(bi lông, -long)


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belong
showing possession
If something belongs to you, you own it or it is yours.
Everything you see here belongs to me.
You can't take the laptop home because it belongs to the company.
Be careful
When belong is used with this meaning, it must be followed by to. Don't say, for example, ‘This bag belongs me’. You say ‘This bag belongs to me’.
Be careful
Belong is not used in the progressive. Don't say, for example, ‘This money is belonging to my sister’. You say ‘This money belongs to my sister’.
The flat belongs to a man called Jimmy Roland.
another meaning of ‘belong’
You can also use belong to say that someone or something is in the right place. Belong is used on its own, or is followed by an adverbial phrase such as here, over there, or in the next room.
The plates don't belong in that cupboard.
They need to feel they belong.
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