What does pertain mean?

Definitions for pertainpərˈteɪn

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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

  3. Origin: [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. Pertain

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pertain

    per-tān′, v.i. to belong: to relate (with to).—ns. Per′tinence, Per′tinency, state of being pertinent or to the point: fitness for the matter on hand: suitableness: appositeness.—adj. Per′tinent, pertaining or related to a subject: being to the point: fitted for the matter on hand: fitting or appropriate: suitable: apposite.—adv. Per′tinently.—n. Per′tinentness. [O. Fr. partenir—L. pertinēreper, thoroughly, tenēre, to hold.]

Anagrams for pertain »

  1. painter

  2. repaint

  3. pine tar


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pertain in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pertain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ash Carter:

    The 12 nautical miles that I think you’re referring to does not pertain to features that were submerged and now are no longer submerged.

  2. Jorge Burgos:

    While attempting to unblock the road, in keeping with the laws that pertain to a public way, a lamentable situation occurred...that is being investigated by the local prosecutor's office, the circumstances that led to guns being used need to be investigated.

  3. Justice Antonin Scalia:

    The issue on gay rights, on abortion, on many of the issues in which Ruth's opinions and my opinions differ does not pertain to the substance, it doesn't pertain to whether gay people ought to have those rights — whether there ought to be a constitutional right — a right to abortion, that isn't the issue, the issue is quite simply who decides, that's all.

  4. The FOJ:

    The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York accuses him of accepting bribes totalling millions of dollars in connection with the sale of marketing rights to various sports marketing firms and keeping the money for himself, the marketing rights in question pertain to the broadcast of qualifying matches for the soccer World Cup, regional soccer tournaments and continental soccer championships in North and South America.

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