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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