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.

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  • 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.

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  • v. be a part or attribute of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English appertenen, from Old French apartenir, from Vulgar Latin *appartenēre, from Late Latin appertinēre : ad-, ad- + pertinēre, to belong; see pertain.

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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.


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