from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To belong as a proper function or part; pertain: problems appertaining to social reform.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To belong to or be a part of, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To belong or pertain, whether by right, nature, appointment, or custom; to relate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To belong or pertain, as a part (to the whole), a member (to a class), a possession, or an attribute; belong by association or normal relation.
- Synonyms See pertain.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a part or attribute of
Middle English appertenen, from Old French apartenir, from Vulgar Latin *appartenēre, from Late Latin appertinēre : ad-, ad- + pertinēre, to belong; see pertain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English apperteinen, apertenen, from Old French apartenir (French appartenir), from Latin appertinere, from ad ("to") + pertinere ("to reach to, belong"). See pertain for details. (Wiktionary)