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per·tain

 (pər-tān′)
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 Indo-European roots.]
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pertain

(pəˈteɪn)
vb
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]
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per•tain

(pərˈteɪn)

v.i.
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]
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pertain


Past participle: pertained
Gerund: pertaining

Imperative
pertain
pertain
Present
I pertain
you pertain
he/she/it pertains
we pertain
you pertain
they pertain
Preterite
I pertained
you pertained
he/she/it pertained
we pertained
you pertained
they pertained
Present Continuous
I am pertaining
you are pertaining
he/she/it is pertaining
we are pertaining
you are pertaining
they are pertaining
Present Perfect
I have pertained
you have pertained
he/she/it has pertained
we have pertained
you have pertained
they have pertained
Past Continuous
I was pertaining
you were pertaining
he/she/it was pertaining
we were pertaining
you were pertaining
they were pertaining
Past Perfect
I had pertained
you had pertained
he/she/it had pertained
we had pertained
you had pertained
they had pertained
Future
I will pertain
you will pertain
he/she/it will pertain
we will pertain
you will pertain
they will pertain
Future Perfect
I will have pertained
you will have pertained
he/she/it will have pertained
we will have pertained
you will have pertained
they will have pertained
Future Continuous
I will be pertaining
you will be pertaining
he/she/it will be pertaining
we will be pertaining
you will be pertaining
they will be pertaining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pertaining
you have been pertaining
he/she/it has been pertaining
we have been pertaining
you have been pertaining
they have been pertaining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pertaining
you will have been pertaining
he/she/it will have been pertaining
we will have been pertaining
you will have been pertaining
they will have been pertaining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pertaining
you had been pertaining
he/she/it had been pertaining
we had been pertaining
you had been pertaining
they had been pertaining
Conditional
I would pertain
you would pertain
he/she/it would pertain
we would pertain
you would pertain
they would pertain
Past Conditional
I would have pertained
you would have pertained
he/she/it would have pertained
we would have pertained
you would have pertained
they would have pertained
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.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"
matter to, interest - be of importance or consequence; "This matters to me!"
2.pertain - be a part or attribute of
belong to, belong - be a part or adjunct; "the uniform looks like it belonged to a museum collection"; "These pages don't belong"
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pertain

verb
To be pertinent:
Idioms: have a bearing on, have to do with.
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Translations

pertain

[pɜːˈteɪn] VI (frm) to pertain to (= concern) → concernir a, estar relacionado con; (= belong to) → pertenecer a; (= be the province of) → incumbir a
and other matters pertaining to ity otros asuntos relacionados
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pertain

[pərˈteɪn] vi
to pertain to sth → avoir trait à qch
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pertain

vi to pertain to somethingetw betreffen; (= belong to: land etc) → zu etw gehören; all documents pertaining to the casealle den Fall betreffenden Dokumente; and other matters pertaining to itund andere damit verbundene Fragen; of or pertaining to somethingetw betreffend
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pertain

[pɜːˈteɪn] vi (frm) to pertain to (concern) → riferirsi a, riguardare; (belong to) → appartenere a
documents pertaining to the case → documenti relativi al caso
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Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era.
The cook, however, thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing, and I am here, he might very easily get me into trouble.' So he left the palace and went to the boy, who was already big enough to speak, and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden, and all else that pertains to it.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth, when everything was there that he had wished for.
As for the later poets, their choral songs pertain as little to the subject of the piece as to that of any other tragedy.
Indeed, such characteristics as already pertained to them were preserved, and to-day afford to us lessons regarding things which have themselves long since passed away.
True, I am not a swashbuckler; but perhaps there may also abide in me the spirit which should pertain to every man who is at once resigned and sure of himself.
The bruit flew fra Carrick to Galloway, and so suddenly assembled herd and hyre-man that pertained to the band of the Kennedies; and so within a few hours was the house of Denure environed again.
One inquiry pertains to allegations of accumulation of assets beyond known sources of income by the PPP leader, while the second pertains to illegal appointments of 352 on government posts.