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[ per-teyn ]

verb (used without object)

  1. to have reference or relation; relate:

    documents pertaining to the lawsuit.

  2. to belong or be connected as a part, adjunct, possession, or attribute.
  3. to belong properly or fittingly; be appropriate.


/ pəˈteɪn /


  1. to have reference, relation, or relevance

    issues pertaining to women

  2. to be appropriate

    the product pertains to real user needs

  3. to belong (to) or be a part (of); be an adjunct, attribute, or accessory (of)

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Word History and Origins

Origin of pertain1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English pertenen, partenen, perteinen, from Middle French partein-, stem of partenir, from 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of pertain1

C14: from Latin pertinēre, from per- (intensive) + tenēre to hold
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Example Sentences

This has led to an increase in mass arrests of LGBTQ individuals, with 44 people being arrested as recently as June, and consequently being charged with breaching pandemic restrictions as they pertain to the sizes of public gatherings.

Its original focus on issues pertaining specifically to women has expanded to broader topics concerning gender, sexual identity, race and economic class.

From Digiday

As a former San Diego city councilman, Alvarez said he’s been in plenty of closed-session meetings to discuss confidential information, which usually pertains to possible litigation.

Focused more on music than getting into trouble, she’s also going through a process of self-discovery as it pertains to her sexuality.

As it pertains to restaurants, city officials seemed to hedge when speaking with the Inquirer about how the new guidance might impact restaurant dining.

From Eater

But today, a majority of Human Rights Council members voted that they may pertain to groups as well—specifically, to families.

The requested documents  pertain to the store's policies on shoplifting prevention and detaining individuals suspected of theft.

In shows that pertain to the criminal-justice system, particularly those held behind bars, black people are suddenly “must haves.”

Etiquette Scholar also has some clever tips that pertain directly to business lunches.

They pertain to an intermediate plane, and their purpose is to conceal or justify sordid or atrocious realities.

Besides, that inspection did not pertain to me, since I was neither the oldest nor the most recent auditor.

You and all that pertain to you are my slaves, and are bound to do my bidding without a murmur.

Is it not evident that the thought of death in that case must borrow blackness and mystery of a kind that does not pertain to it?

But the creator is neither substance nor accident (attribute), hence plurality cannot pertain to him.

Hillel answers this objection by saying that these emotions do not pertain to the soul as such.


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