verb (used without object)
Origin of pertain
Examples from the Web for pertain
But today, a majority of Human Rights Council members voted that they may pertain to groups as well—specifically, to families.At the United Nations, It’s Human Rights, Putin-Style|Jay Michaelson|June 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The requested documents pertain to the store's policies on shoplifting prevention and detaining individuals suspected of theft.Skype Announces 'Collaboration Project'; Macy’s and Bloomingdale's Face Racial Profiling Investigations|The Fashion Beast Team|December 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Etiquette Scholar also has some clever tips that pertain directly to business lunches.Romney and Obama’s First Lunch: A Social Etiquette Guide|Kevin Fallon|November 28, 2012|DAILY BEAST
They pertain to an intermediate plane, and their purpose is to conceal or justify sordid or atrocious realities.
There's nothing which does not pertain to honest men, and I ask you not to interrupt me.Mother|Maksim Gorky
The tall and delicate figure would lose its beauty if united to the large and broad hands which pertain to the stronger type.Dress as a Fine Art|Mary Philadelphia Merrifield
The only reproductive data available for November pertain to the presence or absence of embryos.Mammals of Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado|Sydney Anderson
Rights that might pertain to one man on an island by himself, do not attach to man in civilized communities.
Whence it would seem that prudence does not pertain to the active life.On Prayer and The Contemplative Life|St. Thomas Aquinas
British Dictionary definitions for pertain
verb (intr often foll by to)
Word Origin for pertain
Word Origin and History for pertain
early 14c., from Old French partenir "to belong to" and directly from Latin pertinere "to reach, stretch; relate, have reference to; belong, be the right of; be applicable," from per- "through" (see per) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Related: Pertained; pertaining.