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

Definition of appertain

intransitive verb

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

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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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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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“Appertain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of appertain

formal : to belong to or be connected or related to something

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