ap·​per·​tain | \ˌa-pər-ˈtān \
appertained; appertaining; appertains

Definition of appertain 

intransitive verb

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

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apply, bear, pertain, refer, relate

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Examples of appertain in a Sentence

the rights and privileges that appertain to marriage the doctrine that the swath of land between the Atlantic and the Pacific naturally appertained to the United States

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Ah, but a, b, and c above do not appertain to cancer. John Rosemond, charlotteobserver, "John Rosemond: ADHD column drew opposing responses," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of appertain

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for appertain

Middle English apperteinen, from Anglo-French apurtenir, from Late Latin appertinēre, from Latin ad- + pertinēre to belong — more at pertain

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The first known use of appertain was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of appertain

: to belong to or be connected or related to something

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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