belong

[14] Old English had a verb langian, meaning ‘pertain to’. It had no immediate connection with the other Old English verb langian, modern English long, ‘desire’, but came from the Old English adjective gelang ‘pertaining, belonging’ (although ultimately this gelang and the modern English adjective and verb long come from the same Germanic source, *langgaz). The intensive prefix be- was added in the 14th century. => LONG

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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  • belong to — be a member of. → belong belong to be the property of. → belong …   English new terms dictionary

  • Belong — Be*long , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Belonged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Belonging}.] [OE. belongen (akin to D. belangen to concern, G. belangen to attain to, to concern); pref. be + longen to desire. See {Long}, v. i.] Note: [Usually construed with to.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — ► VERB 1) be rightly put into a particular position or class. 2) fit or be acceptable in a particular place or environment. 3) (belong to) be a member of. 4) (belong to) be the property or possession of …   English terms dictionary

  • Belong — Be*long , v. t. To be deserved by. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] More evils belong us than happen to us. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • belong — [v1] be part of, be in proper place accord, agree, appertain, apply, associate, attach to, be a component, be a constituent, be akin, be an adjunct of, be a part, bear, bear upon, become, be connected with, befit, be fitting, be linked with, be… …   New thesaurus

  • belong — [bē lôŋ′, bilôŋ′] vi. [ME bilangen < be , intens. + longen, to be suitable < OE langian, to belong] 1. to have a proper or suitable place [the chair belongs in the corner, she belongs in the movies] 2. to be part of; be related or connected …   English World dictionary

  • belong — index comport (agree with), constitute (compose), correspond (be equivalent), pertain Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • belong to — index affiliate, apply (pertain), join (associate oneself with) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • belong — (v.) mid 14c., to go along with, properly relate to, from be intensive prefix, + longen to go, from O.E. langian pertain to, to go along with, of unknown origin. Senses of be the property of and be a member of first recorded late 14c. Cognate… …   Etymology dictionary

  • belong — pertain, appertain, relate, apply, *bear …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • belong — v. 1) (d; intr.) ( to deserve to be ) to belong in (he belongs in jail) 2) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be owned by ) (the book belongs to her) 3) (d; intr.) to belong to ( to be a member of ) (to belong to an organization) 4) (d; intr.) ( to be… …   Combinatory dictionary

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