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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belong, 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

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

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

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a usually brief trip or an expedition

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