Definitions for pertainpərˈteɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  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.

Origin of pertain:

1300–50; ME perte(i)nen, partenen < MF partein-, tonic s. of partenir蠐 L pertinēre to extend over, pertain =per-per - +-tinēre, comb. form of tenēre to hold

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with(verb)

    be relevant to

    "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"

  2. pertain, appertain(verb)

    be a part or attribute of


  1. pertain(Verb)

    to belong

  2. pertain(Verb)

    to relate, to refer, be relevant to

  3. Origin: From partenir (French: appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pertain(verb)

    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

  2. Pertain(verb)

    to have relation or reference to something


  1. Pertain

    Pertain is a commune in the Somme department in Picardie in northern France.

Anagrams of pertain

  1. painter

  2. repaint

  3. pine tar


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