- 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 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
June 26, 2014
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
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December 3, 2013
In shows that pertain to the criminal-justice system, particularly those held behind bars, black people are suddenly “must haves.”I Don’t Watch ‘Orange Is the New Black’
August 19, 2013
Etiquette Scholar also has some clever tips that pertain directly to business lunches.Romney and Obama’s First Lunch: A Social Etiquette Guide
November 28, 2012
They pertain to an intermediate plane, and their purpose is to conceal or justify sordid or atrocious realities.What Karl Rove Learned From Jorge Luis Borges
November 20, 2012
But Khalid is modest only in the things that pertain to the outward self.The Book of Khalid
Everything that seemed to pertain was either satirical, as to ask, "Did she tell you so?"The Prisoner
Whence it would seem that prudence does not pertain to the active life.
Hence the moral virtues do not pertain to the contemplative life.
Some of these only pertain to the situations where the hypnotist works with the subject.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
- 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 pertain
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