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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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In a recent study, people with serious mental illness were interviewed and asked about the "communities" to which they belonged (Psychiatr.
The residents then stole a memory card of a camera that belonged to the peacekeepers.
There was also a steep drop in the number of people who belonged to defined benefit schemes, with this falling from 46 per cent to just 33 per cent during the period.
He further said that the commandoes, who forced their way into the besieged buildings, did not bother about which state they belonged to.
Police sources said that the peoples belonged to tribal areas and had fled from Swat after operation and were staying in Karachi.
And not everyone is good-willed: "If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you do not belong to the world, .
Phenotyping and genotyping of the isolates showed that each pair belonged to a different major serogroup (A, B, and C) and to a different genetic lineage (ST-7, ST32, and ST-2794) (Figure).
Both occasions belonged to black people, and his words resonated with me as I contemplated design changes in the Black Issues Book Review logo and greater participation in the premier annual book industry event, BookExpo of America.
Experience with a gravely ill granddaughter, who never grew enough to think but who surely belonged to her family and to her God, expanded the sense of the African proverb.
8-million-year-old specimens indicate that they belonged to a previously unidentified species, which anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and his colleagues are calling Ardipithecus kadabba.
The Tenth Circuit reversed the Tax Court's decision in Duke Energy and held that natural gas-gathering systems held by transportation entities belonged in asset class 13.
If the Tax Court is correct that the client relationships belonged to the individual accountants in Norwalk, how does any employment or noncompete agreement serve to transfer ownership from an individual to a corporation?
Police said they believed the bones belonged to an adult but could not rule out the possibility a child's were there too.
I had once belonged to a Labor Zionist Youth Movement, but I did not utterly abjure the right--at least not then.