Definition of Pertain

1. Verb. Be relevant to. "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"




2. Verb. Be a part or attribute of.
Exact synonyms: Appertain
Generic synonyms: Belong, Belong To
Derivative terms: Appurtenance, Appurtenant, Pertinent

Definition of Pertain

1. v. i. 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.

Definition of Pertain

1. Verb. (intransitive) to belong ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) to relate, to refer, be relevant to ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pertain

1. to have reference or relation [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pertain

1. 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) 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pertain

persulphates
persulphide
persulphocyanate
persulphocyanates
persulphocyanic
persulphocyanic acid
persulphocyanogen
persulphuret
persulphurets
perswade
perswaded
perswades
persymmetric
persymmetry
pert
pertain (current term)
pertained
pertaineth
pertaining
pertainment
pertainments
pertains
pertainym
pertainyms
pertake
pertaken
pertakes
pertaking
pertechnetate
pertechnetates

Literary usage of Pertain

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1. An Illustrated Treatise on the Law of Evidence by Thomas Welburn Hughes (1905)
"85 Political communications comprise the following two classes: (1) Those which pertain to affairs of State; and (2) Those which pertain to the ..."

2. The Science of Logic: Or, an Analysis of the Laws of Thought by Asa Mahan (1857)
"It is now commonly assumed as a principle in science, that while individual conceptions pertain to objects, general ones— the specifical and ..."

3. Ethic Demonstrated in Geometrical Order and Divided Into Five Parts, which by Benedictus de Spinoza (1883)
"Se, ^ the "Scents which I find in authors, by wh.ch they endeavour to show that corporeal follows, therefore, that it does not pertain to God's '• ; :ance ..."

4. A Treatise on the Power of Taxation, State and Federal, in the United States by Frederick Newton Judson (1917)
"Purpose of Taxation Must Not Only be Public, but pertain to District Taxed.—The requirement of a public purpose obviously applies to all forms of taxation, ..."

5. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"704 PATENTS Abstracts of patents are included under the appropriate divisions of the journal: those on organic compounds, unless they pertain especially to ..."

6. The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de ( Cervantes Saavedra, Henry Edward Watts (1888)
"Concerning matters which relate and pertain to this adventure and to this memorable history. REALLY and truly all who delight in stories like this ought to ..."

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