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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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On Thursday night, Israeli Forces handed over new demolition orders to five other houses which belong to residents of Jabal al-Baba.
It is my hope as a Teacher Educator that my university students feel like they belong to our university, in our class, to their cohort, with their classmates, and with me as their instructor.
While individuals differ in how strongly they experience a need to belong, and different cultures emphasize belonging more or less in comparison with other values, (31) many experts consider it to be fundamental and universal across cultures.
Does our need to belong compromise our authenticity?
We are responsible for stepping up and making our community one where everyone feels like they belong and can make a difference.
According to a survey carried out by this scribe on Saturday, the newly-elected British MP from Birmingham Mirza Khalid Mahmood of Labour Party, who retained the office, belongs to Dadayal town of this district.
This is Hendrix |from Hollywood who belongs to Jess Hallam
Security source told NINA that gunmen emplaced explosives around two houses in Jubail neighborhood, southern Falluja; one of the houses belong to a military officer, at the rank of Captain, while the other belong to a neighborhood mayor, blowing them via remote control.
SALAHAL-DIN/ Aswat al-Iraq: Police sources said here that 8 workers were wounded in bombing 7 residences belong to police personnel and a building that belonged to a high ranking security officer.
So part of it is we have to break through our kind of private idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families, and recognize that kids belong to whole communities.
This finding came from a study of 436 participants from the Australian Unity Wellbeing database who completed several measurements, including the Need to Belong Scale according to David Mellor, Ph.
com)-- 2Toms, makers of BlisterShield[R], SportShield[R], ButtShield[R], Stink-Free[R] Spray and Stink-Free[R] Detergent, donated 10% of profits from online sales made 11/23 through 12/21/12 to the Bikes Belong Foundation.
HOW come I know which socks belong to the husband, which belong to the 12-year-old and which belong to the nine-year-old, yet none of them know which belong to each other?
For the next week, Lindy and her siblings spend time just being brothers and sisters at Camp To Belong, where the mission is to reunite siblings separated in foster care or other types of out-of-home care, creating shared memories to last a lifetime.