Pertain Definition

pertained, pertains
pertained, pertains
To belong; be connected or associated; be a part, accessory, etc.
Lands pertaining to an estate.
Webster's New World
To have reference or relevance; be related.
Laws pertaining to the case.
Webster's New World
To be appropriate or suitable.
Conduct that pertains to a lady.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To relate, to refer, be relevant to.


(intransitive) To belong.

pertaining to
  • having to do with; belonging to
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Pertain

  • pertaining to

Origin of Pertain

  • Middle English pertenen, pertainen from Old French partenir from Latin pertinēre per- per- tenēre to hold ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French partenir (French: appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineō.

    From Wiktionary

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