verb ap·per·tain \ˌa-pər-ˈtān\

: to belong to or be connected or related to something

Full Definition of APPERTAIN

intransitive verb
:  to belong or be connected as a rightful part or attribute :  pertain

Examples of APPERTAIN

  1. the rights and privileges that appertain to marriage
  2. <the doctrine that the swath of land between the Atlantic and the Pacific naturally appertained to the United States>


Middle English apperteinen, from Anglo-French apurtenir, from Late Latin appertinēre, from Latin ad- + pertinēre to belong — more at pertain
First Known Use: 14th century

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