Meaning of “belong” in the English Dictionary

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"belong" in British English

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belongverb

uk /bɪˈlɒŋ/ us /bɪˈlɑːŋ/

B2 [ I + adv/prep ] to be in the right place or a suitable place:

This table belongs in the sitting room.
Where do these spoons belong?
These papers belong with the others.

B2 [ I ] to feel happy or comfortable in a situation:

After three years in Cambridge, I finally feel as if I belong here.

More examples

  • Although she's new to the school, we'd like her to feel that she belongs.
  • I think these cups belong in the other cupboard.
  • This is a gentleman's club - women don't belong here.
  • In those days they felt that children belonged in the nursery and out of sight.
  • Dirty boots do not belong on the table, now do they?

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “belong” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"belong" in American English

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belongverb [ I ]

us /bɪˈlɔŋ/

to be in the right place, or (of a person) to feel that you are in the right place:

Your shoes belong in the closet, not in the middle of the room.
Tom, it’s great to see you on TV – you belong here.
The painting belongs in (= should be in) a modern art museum.

(Definition of “belong” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)