Definition of appertain in English:


Syllabification: ap·per·tain
Pronunciation: /ˌapərˈtān


[no object]
  • 1 (appertain to) Relate to; concern: the answers generally appertain to improvements in standards of service
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    • ‘‘Prerogative’ power is, properly speaking, legal power which appertains to the Crown but not to its subjects.
    • Hence existence appertains to the nature of substance, and every substance contains within itself the complete explanation of its own nature and existence.
    • Thus the Act provides, as it seems to me, firstly that every hereditament has to have its own rateable value and secondly that every rateable value appertains to a particular hereditament.
    pertain to, be pertinent to, apply to, relate to, concern, be concerned with, have to do with, be relevant to, have reference to, have a bearing on, bear on; regard
  • 2Be appropriate or applicable: the institutional arrangements that appertain under the system


late Middle English: from Old French apertenir, from late Latin appertinere, from ad- 'to' + Latin pertinere 'to pertain'.

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