from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A personal item that one owns; a possession. Often used in the plural.
- n. Acceptance as a natural member or part: a sense of belonging.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of belong.
- n. The action of the verb to belong.
- n. (almost always used in the plural) Something physical that is owned.
- n. family; relations; household
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which belongs to one; that which pertains to one; hence, goods or effects.
- n. That which is connected with a principal or greater thing; an appendage; an appurtenance.
- n. Family; relations; household.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which belongs to one: used generally, if not always, in the plural
- n. Property; possessions: as, “I carry all my belongings with me,”
- n. Members of one's family or household; relations or dependants.
- n. Appendages.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. happiness felt in a secure relationship
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There is a reason the word belonging has a synonym for want at its center; it is the human condition.
This term belonging properly to those things which we can observe in the ordinary course of things, by a natural decay, to come to an end in
ELISION, the omission or crowding out of unstressed words or unaccented syllables to make the metre smoother; a term belonging to classical prosody and inappropriate in English prosody except where syllable-counting verse is concerned.
Highness is a title belonging to all persons in a royal family.
The true God is an object of intent, an ideal of excellence and knowledge, not a term belonging to sense or to probable hypothesis or to the prudent management of affairs.
Clifford's case as one that is less obviously inadequate: -- if any resemblance to the material and dynamical conditions of the microcosm can be detected in the macrocosm, we should have good reason to ascribe to the latter those attributes of subjectivity which we know as belonging to the former; but if no such resemblance can be traced, we shall have some reason to suppose that these attributes do not belong to the universe.
_Prime Minister_ is a term belonging to the last century.
There, among the high rank weeds that surrounded it, his eagle-eyes actually saw feathers, which he identified as belonging to his wife's turkeys.
Monedo is strictly a term belonging to the Indian mythology and necromancy, and is constantly used to indicate a spirit.
Monedo_ is strictly a term belonging to the Indian mythology and necromancy, and is constantly used to indicate a spirit.