- 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 pertains
Americans exactingly measure everything that pertains to their material well-being.Love and Loneliness in America
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But in fact, after age 16, as pertains to the Secret Service, they will be on their own.A Response to David Mamet on Gun Control
January 28, 2013
But my takeaway from the evening pertains this time more to substance than to style.Obama Wins, the Middle Class Loses
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We now note the following, which pertains to their business.The Book of Khalid
I receive packets from all quarters; it pertains to my office.
They have the same interest in all which pertains to good government.
"It pertains to heaven, not earth, my dear," said O'Gorman dryly.Mary Louise in the Country
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Lara thoroughly comprehends Palestine and all that pertains to it.Tancred
- 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 pertains
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