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"belong" in British English

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belongverb

uk   /bɪˈlɒŋ/  us   /-ˈlɑːŋ/
B2 [I + adv/prep] to be in the ​rightplace or a ​suitableplace: This ​table belongs in the ​sittingroom. Where do these ​spoons belong? These ​papers belong with the ​others.B2 [I] to ​feelhappy or ​comfortable in a ​situation: After three ​years in Cambridge, I ​finallyfeel as if I belong here.

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

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belongverb [I]

 us   /bɪˈlɔŋ/
to be in the ​rightplace, or (of a ​person) to ​feel that you are in the ​rightplace: Yourshoes 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 ​modernartmuseum.
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