pertain

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Old French partenir (modern French appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineō, pertinēre.

Verb[edit]

pertain ‎(third-person singular simple present pertains, present participle pertaining, simple past and past participle pertained)

  1. (intransitive) to belong to or be a part of; be an adjunct, attribute, or accessory of
  2. (intransitive) to relate, to refer, be relevant to
  3. (intransitive) To apply; to be or remain in place; to continue to be applicable

Usage notes[edit]

  • In all the above senses, pertain is followed by to (or formerly by unto, as in The King James Version of The Bible and in the plays of Shakespeare, although to is used in these works as well).

Quotations[edit]

(relate):

  • 1989, Sort out any booklets or manuals that pertain to the heating system or any other fixture that you are leaving behind. — One's company, Underwood, Lynn, Southampton: Ashford.

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