Definition of appertain in English:



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  • 1appertain toRelate to; concern.

    ‘the answers generally appertain to improvements in standard of service’
    • ‘The issues that actually appertain to it, for instance, are dealt with by a training programme.’
    • ‘Wrong word, reverend, but it does appertain to the evangelical community's attitude toward gay Americans and their families.’
    • ‘It is not an incorporeal right, such as, for example, an easement, which appertains to his land and adversely affects the registered Red Land.’
    • ‘Hence existence appertains to the nature of substance, and every substance contains within itself the complete explanation of its own nature and existence.’
    • ‘Conveyance of land shall be deemed to include and shall by virtue of this Act operate to convey with the land all easements, rights and advantages whatsoever appertaining or reputed to appertain to the land…’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘‘Prerogative’ power is, properly speaking, legal power which appertains to the Crown but not to its subjects.’
    • ‘Even on that assumption, it still has to be shown that the right ‘appertains to the land’.’
    • ‘They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.’
    • ‘For example, her first formal instructions regarding her Calisthenics Exercises appertained to the ‘Military Position!’’
    • ‘Like all good symbols these things should appertain to any usage at any level…’
    • ‘He is to perform all the duties which appertain to him throughout the year.’
    • ‘When Della woke up, she would be furious they had made any contact that didn't appertain to their job.’
    • ‘Botes do not imply a common wood; they could as well appertain to field or hedgerow.’
    • ‘The Spaniards move towards the Orient, because they should appear to appertain to the Emperor [Charles V]; and the Portuguese move toward the Occident, for that they should fall within their jurisdiction.’
    pertain to, relate to, concern, be concerned with, have to do with
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  • 2Be appropriate or applicable.

    ‘the institutional arrangements which appertain under the system’


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