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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theybelong to
he/she/itbelongs to
present participlebelonging to
past tensebelonged to
past participlebelonged to
  1. 1
    belong to someone to be owned by someone
    The car belongs to the woman next door.
    Who does this coat belong to?
  2. 2
    belong to something to be a member of an organization or club
    She belongs to the school computer club.
  3. 3
    belong to something to come from or be part of a group of similar things or people
    This belongs to the same family of drugs as Prozac.
    They belong to a different generation.
    1. a.
      to come from or be related to a particular time or place
      This painting clearly belongs to a later period.
  4. 5
    belong to someone if something belongs to someone, they deserve it or have a right to it
    Of course, all the credit really belongs to my partner, Sam.
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