Definitions for: Pertain


[v] be a part or attribute of
[v] be about; have to do with; be relevant to; refer, pertain, or relate to; "What's this novel all about?"; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"



Webster (1913) Definition: Per*tain", v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pertained; p. pr. &
vb. n. Pertaining.] [OE. partenen, OF. partenir, fr. L.
pertinere to stretch out, reach, pertain; per + tenere to
hold, keep. See Per-, and Tenable, and cf. Appertain,
Pertinent.]
1. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on,
something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to
appertain; as, saltness pertains to the ocean; flowers
pertain to plant life.

Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition
which pertaineth not to them. --Hayward.

2. To have relation or reference to something.

These words pertain unto us at this time as they
pertained to them at their time. --Latimer.

Synonyms: appertain, bear on, come to, concern, refer, relate, touch, touch on

See Also: affect, apply, belong, center, center on, concentrate on, consist, dwell, focus on, go for, hold, interest, involve, lie, lie in, matter to, regard, revolve about, revolve around

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