ap·​per·​tain ˌa-pər-ˈtān How to pronounce appertain (audio)
appertained; appertaining; appertains

intransitive verb

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Ah, but a, b, and c above do not appertain to cancer. John Rosemond, charlotteobserver, 11 May 2017

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Appertain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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