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Meaning of PERTAIN

Pronunciation:  pur'teyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  be a part or attribute of
  2. [v]  be about; have to do with; be relevant to; refer, pertain, or relate to; "What's this novel all about?"; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"

PERTAIN is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: appertain, bear on, come to, concern, refer, relate, touch, touch on
 See Also: affect, apply, belong, center, center on, concentrate on, consist, dwell, focus on, go for, hold, interest, involve, lie, lie in, matter to, regard, revolve about, revolve around



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per*tain"\, v. i. [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},
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.

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 Related Terms: affect, appertain, appertain to, apply, apply to, associate, bear, bear on, befit, combine, concern, connect, cover, include, join, pertain to, refer to, regard, relate, relate to, vest