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pertain

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verb per·tain \pər-ˈtān\

Simple Definition of pertain

  • : to relate to someone or something : to have a connection to a person or thing

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pertain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to belong as a part, member, accessory, or product (2) :  to belong as an attribute, feature, or function <the destruction pertaining to war> (3) :  to belong as a duty or right <rights that pertain to fatherhood> b :  to be appropriate to something <which rule pertains?>

  3. 2 :  to have reference <books pertaining to birds>

Examples of pertain in a sentence

  1. books pertaining to the country's history

  2. <the belief that quality medical care is a right that pertains to everyone>



Did You Know?

Pertain comes to us via Anglo-French from the Latin verb pertinēre, meaning "to reach" to or "to belong." Pertinēre, in turn, was formed by combining the prefix per- (meaning "through") and tenēre ("to hold"). Tenēre is a popular root in English words and often manifests with the "-tain" spelling that can be seen in pertain. Other descendants include abstain, contain, detain, obtain, maintain, retain, and sustain, to name a few of the more common ones. Not every "-tain" word has tenēre in its ancestry, though. Ascertain, attain, and certain are among the exceptions. And a few tenēre words don't follow the usual pattern: tenacious and tenure are two.

Origin and Etymology of pertain

Middle English perteinen, from Anglo-French partenir, purteiner, from Latin pertinēre to reach to, belong, from per- through + tenēre to hold — more at thin


First Known Use: 14th century


PERTAIN Defined for Kids

pertain

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verb per·tain \pər-ˈtān\

Definition of pertain for Students

pertained

pertaining

  1. 1 :  to relate to a person or thing <The laws pertain to hunting.>

  2. 2 :  to belong to as a part, quality, or function <These duties pertain to the office of sheriff.>





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