An example of pertain is for evidence to refer to a particular crime.
- to belong; be connected or associated; be a part, accessory, etc.: lands pertaining to an estate
- to be appropriate or suitable: conduct that pertains to a lady
- to have reference or relevance; be related: laws pertaining to the case
Origin of pertainMiddle English partenen from Old French partenir from Classical Latin pertinere, to stretch out, reach from per-, intensive + tenere, to hold: see thin
intransitive verbper·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
- To have reference or relevance; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
- To belong as an adjunct, part, holding, or quality: skills that pertain to engineering.
- To be fitting or suitable: conduct that pertains to an officer.
Origin of pertainMiddle English pertenen, pertainen from Old French partenir from Latin pertinēre per- per- tenēre to hold ; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present pertains, present participle pertaining, simple past and past participle pertained)
- In all the above senses, pertain is followed by to (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).
From Old French partenir (French: appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineÅ.