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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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Outside of the village, in the "real world," we try to create a sense of belonging.
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GENEVA: The Swiss government says Egypt has asked for assistance in locating assets belonging to members of the regime led by ousted President Hosni Mubarak.
he asserts that Pieris's personal history and work make the whole discussion of multireligious belonging redundant--leaving the other proponents without a cause.
According to details, 152 ASIs belonging to Jhang, Chiniot, Toba Tek Singh and Faisalabad districts have been promoted to Sub-Inspector.
KARACHI, November 11, 2009 (Balochistan Times ): Special Investigation Unit claimed to have arrested four persons belonging to a banned organization and recovered weapons from their possession from Manghoo Khail here on Wednesday.
AMAJOR campaign is launched today to highlight to companies the economic benefits of belonging to the region's leading business organisation.
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97 belonging to Aldi stores, theft of four radio pens, a paintball pipe and a Batman toy worth pounds 14 belonging to Hypervalue, theft of two boxes of chocolates worth pounds 6 belonging to Iceland, theft of a hat worth pounds 5.
one bottle of Calvin Klein perfume belonging to a patient;