appertain

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verb ap·per·tain \ˌa-pər-ˈtān\

Definition of appertain

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

Examples of appertain in a sentence

  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>

Origin and Etymology of appertain

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


APPERTAIN Defined for English Language Learners

appertain

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verb ap·per·tain \ˌa-pər-ˈtān\

Definition of appertain for English Language Learners

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


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