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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pertain \Per*tain"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Pertained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pertaining}.] [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. 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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

pertain

verb

1: be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" [syn: {refer}, {pertain}, {relate}, {concern}, {come to}, {bear on}, {touch}, {touch on}, {have-to doe with}]

2: be a part or attribute of [syn: {pertain}, {appertain}]


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