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pertain

[ per-teyn ]
/ pərˈteɪn /
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verb (used without object)

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.

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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
un·per·tain·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pertain

pertain
/ (pəˈteɪn) /

verb (intr often foll by to)

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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