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intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference or relevance; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. To belong as an adjunct, part, holding, or quality: skills that pertain to engineering.
3. To be fitting or suitable: conduct that pertains to an officer.
[Middle English pertenen, pertainen, from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinēre : per-, per- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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)
[C14: from Latin pertinēre, from per- (intensive) + tenēre to hold]
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.
[1300–50; Middle English perte(i)nen, partenen < Middle French partein-, tonic s. of partenir « Latin pertinēre to extend over, pertain =per- per- + -tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold]
Past participle: pertained
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|Verb||1.||pertain - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"|
allude, advert, touch - make a more or less disguised reference to; "He alluded to the problem but did not mention it"
center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around - center upon; "Her entire attention centered on her children"; "Our day revolved around our work"
go for, apply, hold - be pertinent or relevant or applicable; "The same laws apply to you!"; "This theory holds for all irrational numbers"; "The same rules go for everyone"
involve, regard, affect - connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business"
|2.||pertain - be a part or attribute of|
to pertain to sth → avoir trait à qch