Definition for BE-LONG'

BE-LONG', v.i. [D. belangen, to concern, belang, concern, interest, importance, of be and lang; Ger. belangen; to attain to, or come to; anlangen, to arrive, to come to, to concern, to touch or belong; Dan. anlanger, to arrive at, to belong. In Sax. gelangian is to call or bring. The radical sense of long is to extend or draw out, and with be or an, it signifies to extend to, to reach.]

  1. To be the property of; as, a field belongs to Richard Roe; Jamaica belongs to Great Britain.
  2. To be the concern or proper business of; to appertain; as, it belongs to John Doe to prove his title.
  3. To be appendant to. He went into a desert place belonging to Bethsaida. – Luke ix.
  4. To be a part of, or connected with, though detached in place; as, a beam or rafter belongs to such a frame, or to such a place in the building.
  5. To have relation to. And David said, To whom belongest thou? – 1 Sam. xxx.
  6. To be the quality or attribute of. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness. – Dan. ix.
  7. To be suitable for. Strong meat belongeth to them of full age. – Heb. v.
  8. To relate to, or be referred to. He careth for things that belong to the Lord. – 1 Cor. vii.
  9. To have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by the parish or town. Bastards also are settled in the parishes to which the mothers belong. – Blackstone. Hence,
  10. To be the native of; to have original residence. There is no other country in the world to which the Gipsies could belong. – Grellman, Pref. 12.
  11. In common language, to have a settled residence; to be domiciliated.

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