- to have reference or relation; relate: documents pertaining to the lawsuit.
- to belong or be connected as a part, adjunct, possession, or attribute.
- to belong properly or fittingly; be appropriate.
Origin of pertain
1300–50; Middle English pertenen, partenen, perteinen < Middle French partein-, tonic stem of partenir < Latin pertinēre to be applicable, literally, to hold through, reach, equivalent to per- per- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre to hold
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Examples from the Web for pertaining
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Pascuense, pertaining to pastures; referring to its habitat.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
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Apical: at, near or pertaining to the apex; usually of a wing.
Mesal: pertaining to, situated on or in the median plane of the body.
Rostral: pertaining or attached to a rostrum; specifically of Hemiptera.
Of or pertaining to the useful in mechanical arts, or to any science, business, or the like.Carpentry for Boys
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- to have reference, relation, or relevanceissues pertaining to women
- to be appropriatethe product pertains to real user needs
- to belong (to) or be a part (of); be an adjunct, attribute, or accessory (of)
C14: from Latin pertinēre, from per- (intensive) + tenēre to hold
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Word Origin and History for pertaining
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