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belong | had |

As an adjective belong

is oblong.

As a verb had is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) belongen, from .


(en verb)
  • (label) To have its proper place.
  • # (label) To be accepted in a group.
  • # To be a part of a group.
  • To be part of, or the property of.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=2 , passage=Sunning himself on the board steps, I saw for the first time Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke. He was dressed out in broad gaiters and bright tweeds, like an English tourist, and his face might have belonged to Dagon, idol of the Philistines.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1927, author= F. E. Penny
  • , chapter=4, title= Pulling the Strings , passage=A turban and loincloth soaked in blood had been found; also a staff. These properties were known to have belonged to a toddy drawer. He had disappeared.}}
  • To be the spouse or partner of. (rfex)
  • (followed by'' to''') To be an element of (a set). The symbol \in means '''''belongs to .
  • To be deserved by.
  • * (rfdate) (Ben Jonson)
  • More evils belong us than happen to us.
    Derived terms
    * belonging * belongingness

    Etymology 2

    Compare Kriol blanga'', Bislama ''blong'', Tok Pisin ''bilong'', and Torres Strait Creole ''blong .

    Alternative forms

    * blung * , belonga, blonga


    (English prepositions)
  • Of, belonging to.
  • * 1915, E. R. Masson, Untamed Territory
  • Jim Campbell, Charlie, Dick, ... Fred, lubra b’longa him, me, thass all.
  • * 1936, M. & E. Durack, Chunuma
  • By an’ bye ’im grow ’m up make ’m good fella stockman b’longta you.
  • * 1977, N. Kolig, Playing Alonga Mud
  • Those who had persevered with the course and had acquired some skill were now almost deferentially called ‘Maban (expert) belonga clay’.
  • * 1986, Kowanyama News, Dec.
  • Them two bin help’m too, and that father blung to this one old Frank.
  • * 1986, B. Shaw, Countrymen
  • There’s the bloke that’s kill that feller, uncle belong you an me.
  • * 1991, D. B. Rose, Hidden Histories
  • Get that fire [wood] stacked up like that tree there, that high ... It wasn’t wood belong to that fire pile. Might be for station, or somebody else, you know.




  • (have)
  • *1814 , Jane Austen, Mansfield Park :
  • *:About thirty years ago, Miss Maria Ward of Huntingdon, with only seven thousand pounds, had the good luck to captivate Sir Thomas Bertram, of Mansfield Park, in the county of Northampton.
  • (auxiliary) Used to form the pluperfect tense, expressing a completed action in the past (+ past participle).
  • *2011 , Ben Cooper, The Guardian , 15 April:
  • *:Cooper seems an odd choice, but imagine if they had taken MTV's advice and chosen Robert Pattinson?
  • As past subjunctive: ‘would have’.
  • *1499 , (John Skelton), The Bowge of Courte :
  • *:To holde myne honde, by God, I had grete payne; / For forthwyth there I had him slayne, / But that I drede mordre wolde come oute.
  • *, II.4:
  • *:Julius Cæsar had escaped death, if going to the Senate-house, that day wherein he was murthered by the Conspirators, he had read a memorial which was presented unto him.
  • *1849 , , In Memoriam , 24:
  • *:If all was good and fair we met, / This earth had been the Paradise / It never look’d to human eyes / Since our first Sun arose and set.
  • Usage notes

    Had'', like (that), is one of a very few words to be correctly used twice in succession in English, e.g. ''He had had several operations previously.