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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
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.

  4. 4
    belong to someone if a particular time, aspect of life, way of thinking etc belongs to a particular group, they are the people who control it or who are the most suitable for it

    The future belongs to you.

  5. 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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