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belong to (someone or something)

1. To be a member of something, such as a team or club. My daughter belongs to the debate team at school. I belong to the gym on Main Street if you ever want to come work out with me.
2. To be one's possession. No, that coat belongs to Rachel—mine has a hood. Who do these headphones belong to?
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belong under (something)

To be properly categorized under a certain status, heading, or title. When you files these documents, they belong under "July 2008." What heading does that paragraph belong under? That department always belonged under the CFO, they're just making it official now.
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to the victor belong the spoils

The winner is entitled to all of the rewards, bonuses, or benefits of success. (A variation of "to the victor go the spoils.") John won the betting pool, so he gets the whole pot of money from those who paid in. To the victor belong the spoils! A lot of other contestants on the singing competition are well worthy of signing a record deal, but to the victor belong the spoils.
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belong to someone or something

to be owned by someone or something. This one belongs to me. This desk belongs to the company. You can't take it home!
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belong under something

to be classified under some general category. This one belongs under the other category. This file belongs under A.
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To the victors belong the spoils.

Prov. The winners achieve power over people and property. The mayor took office and immediately fired many workers and hired new ones. Everyone said, "To the victors belong the spoils."
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to the victor belong the spoils

The winner gets everything, as in He not only won the tournament but ended up with numerous lucrative endorsements-to the victor belong the spoils . This expression alludes to the spoils system of American politics, whereby the winner of an election gives desirable jobs to party supporters. [First half of 1800s]
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6 million of whom belonged to private sector ones, with the remaining 5.
The data reported here show that rifampin-resistant isolates were not elonal but belonged to different genetic lineages.
19) and Oworin, resemble those of Ardipithecus and probably belonged to members of that genus.
I can say through my experience that even though the 20th century belonged to America, England or Russia, our country and our people have enough capability.
However, in our caring for Rosie it became amazingly clear that she belonged.
The other two emeralds once belonged to the 18th-century French mineralogist Rene Just Hauy.
Summary: Unidentified men set fire to three cars in the Bekaa Valley city of Baalbek on Thursday, including two cars that belonged to Palestinian nationals.
Sixteen of the Hong Kong strains belonged to the same branch of the hspA-based neighbor-joining tree (5 of these 16 Hong Kong strains are represented in Figure 3).
The rubber shoes belonged to Howard Irwin, an adventurous world traveler who purchased passage, but did not board the Titanic.
It is taking responsibility to care for people, things, and the nonhuman world as if they belonged to us.
The tooth belonged to an animal the size of a large rat, says Archer.
Cattle and human STEC O118:H16 isolates were similar in virulence attributes and antimicrobial drug resistance and belonged to a distinct genetic clone (1).
The gunmen had been among a group of men who attacked Carrillo's family and mobile home an hour earlier after driving up and asking Carrillo's teen-age son if he belonged to a gang.
Originally a joint property of OSU in Columbus and Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) in Delaware, Ohio, the telescope stands on land that belonged to OWU and was sold to the Green Highlands Ohio General Partnership, which planned to develop the land.
Thirty-two of the 42 stool samples from outbreak B were also positive by PCR, and all belonged to the C.