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 (bĭ-lông′ĭng, -lŏng′-)
1. Acceptance as a natural member or part: a sense of belonging.
2. belongings Personal items that one owns; possessions.
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secure relationship; affinity (esp in the phrase a sense of belonging)
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(bɪˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, -ˈlɒŋ-)

1. belongings, possessions; personal effects.
2. close relationship: a sense of belonging.
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  1. As much at home … as a fish in water —Honoré de Balzac

    An enduring comparison, as illustrated by a 1986 quote from the New York Times: “We belong … like fish in water. We’re in our environment.”

  2. As much out of his element as an eel in a sand bag —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  3. As well adapted to the purpose as a one-pronged fork for pitching hay —Herman Melville
  4. (She had) clicked into place [as teacher in school] like a well-hung door closing evenly —Barry Targan
  5. Felt as well placed in the world as a fresh loaf of bread —Laurie Colwin
  6. Fit [poor fit] like a breeching on a pig —Anon
  7. Fit like a duck’s foot in the mud —Anon
  8. Fit … like a tongue into a groove —Jonathan Valin

    In the novel, Life’s Work, the simile refers to the way a man’s body fits into a chair.

  9. Fits as a hollow fits a circle —Anon
  10. Fits him as easily as his skin —Thomas Hughes
  11. Fits like the skin on a sausage —Anon
  12. Fitted (into their scheme of life) as a well-made reel fits the butt of a good rod —Henry Van Dyke
  13. Fitted in like a Marine in a parade —William Beechcroft
  14. Fitted (its new home) like a coin in a slot —George Garrett
  15. Fitting comfortable and heavy like a gun in a holster —George Garrett
  16. Like a barber’s chair, fit for everyone —Thomas Fuller
  17. Like Miniver Cheevy, he had been born too late —Joseph Heller


  18. Looking as lost as a shipwrecked mariner —Yisrael Zarchi
  19. [Feel] misplaced ... as if she had been expelled from a dream in which she would have dearly loved to remain —Milan Kundera
  20. Part of the landscape, like a tree —John Updike
  21. Swam as happily in society as a fish swam in schools —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belonging - happiness felt in a secure relationshipbelonging - happiness felt in a secure relationship; "with his classmates he felt a sense of belonging"
happiness - emotions experienced when in a state of well-being
comfortableness - a feeling of being at ease in a relationship
closeness, intimacy - a feeling of being intimate and belonging together; "their closeness grew as the night wore on"
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One's portable property.Often used in plural:
effect (used in plural), good (used in plural), lares and penates, personal effects, personal property, possession (used in plural), property, thing (often used in plural).
Informal: stuff.
Law: chattel, movable (often used in plural).
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[bɪˈlɒŋɪŋ] n
sense of belonging (to country, community)sentiment m d'appartenance
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References in classic literature ?
"Oh no, if you please'm; that's a little scarlet waist-coat belonging to Cock Robin!"
"Oh no, if you please'm; that's a damask table-cloth belonging to Jenny Wren; look how it's stained with currant wine!
"Oh, that's a pair of stockings belonging to Sally Henny- penny--look how she's worn the heels out with scratching in the yard!
Tulliver regarded him with dutiful respect, as he did everything else belonging to the church-service; but he considered that church was one thing and common-sense another, and he wanted nobody to tell him what commonsense was.
The highest society then consisted, and I think always consist, of four sorts of people: rich people who are received at Court, people not wealthy but born and brought up in Court circles, rich people who ingratiate themselves into the Court set, and people neither rich nor belonging to the Court but who ingratiate themselves into the first and second sets.
And his choice fell on a beauty belonging to the Court, who not merely belonged to the circle into which he wished to be accepted, but whose friendship was coveted by the very highest people and those most firmly established in that highest circle.
Farmers find that they can raise most food by a rotation of plants belonging to the most different orders: nature follows what may be called a simultaneous rotation.
Let (A) be a common, widely-diffused, and varying species, belonging to a genus large in its own country.
Trade boxes belonging to the blacks had been irregularly piled so that a small space was left between two boxes in the lower tier.
Four days were spent in thinking what name to give him, because (as he said to himself) it was not right that a horse belonging to a knight so famous, and one with such merits of his own, should be without some distinctive name, and he strove to adapt it so as to indicate what he had been before belonging to a knight-errant, and what he then was; for it was only reasonable that, his master taking a new character, he should take a new name, and that it should be a distinguished and full-sounding one, befitting the new order and calling he was about to follow.
Her name was Aldonza Lorenzo, and upon her he thought fit to confer the title of Lady of his Thoughts; and after some search for a name which should not be out of harmony with her own, and should suggest and indicate that of a princess and great lady, he decided upon calling her Dulcinea del Toboso -she being of El Toboso- a name, to his mind, musical, uncommon, and significant, like all those he had already bestowed upon himself and the things belonging to him.
And when they met with several girls belonging to the Army of Revolt, those soldiers, instead of being alarmed or appearing surprised, merely stepped out of the way and allowed them to advance without protest.