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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 someone'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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to the victor belong the spoils

Winner gets all. The Roman historians frequently mentioned spolia optima—very best spoils—which actually referred to the personal spoils of the enemy’s general when slain by the opposing commander. The current cliché became popular long after that and was frequently used in connection with the spoils system in American politics (whereby the winning party gives desirable posts to its supporters) by Senators William Marcy (1832), Huey Long (1934), and others. Justice William J. Brennan used it in writing the 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision against political patronage: “To the victor belong only those spoils that may be constitutionally obtained” (Rutan v. Republican Party of Illinois, 88-1872).
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References in classic literature ?
Any student can belong to it, no matter where he was born.
No student can belong to it who is not of noble blood.
No student can belong to it who cannot show three full generations of noble descent.
I got some of this information from students themselves-- students who did not belong to the corps.
That's where this club belongs. The players are no different.
According to the school's Board of Management (BoM) Chairman John Angasa, the playground was allegedly grabbed by the institution on Tuesday and efforts to have it returned have been futile.FENCED OFF "The playground was fenced off by our neighbours on Tuesday, claiming it belongs to them.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Jan 11 (ANI): Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan said all the former Prime Ministers from the Congress party barring Manmohan Singh belonged to upper castes, however, he does not know which caste Singh belongs to.
'I want to make it clear that this PSL does not belong to me and neither does it belong to any security institution or any political party - it belongs to you, the people of Pakistan,' he said.
Story books with a theme of belonging served as a starting point in this co-construction of knowledge, and each of the books presented to the children had a title page stating: 'This book belongs to...'.
Who belongs? The past 50 years show a clear path to protect the well-being and rights of groups of people who have historically been excluded.
Tenders are invited for A).doc no.2836/2006, dated:15.09.2006, d.nO.279/8 & 279/9.2, area ac.1.50 cents, and bounded by : east: land belongs to ramabhadra chalapathi rao, south: land sold by sheikh pedamogala saheb, west: detour, north: land sold by duggempudi konda reddy.
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
In fact, a child belongs neither to his parents nor to "whole communities," but to himself.
Breb belongs to her, even as it opens its large wooden doors to the world.