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pertain (v.)

early 14c., perteinen, "be attached legally," from Old French partenir "to belong to" and directly from Latin pertinere "to reach, stretch; relate, have reference to; belong, be the right of; be applicable," from per "through" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "through") + tenere "to hold" (from PIE root *ten- "to stretch").

From late 14c. as "to belong to as a possession or an adjunct; belong to as one's care or concern," also "have reference to." Related: Pertained; pertaining.

updated on June 15, 2022

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Definitions of pertain from WordNet

pertain (v.)
be relevant to;
My remark pertained to your earlier comments
Synonyms: refer / relate / concern / come to / bear on / touch / touch on / have to do with
pertain (v.)
be a part or attribute of;
Synonyms: appertain
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