Definition of pertain
1a (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 fatherhoodb : to be appropriate to something which rule pertains?
2 : to have reference books pertaining to birds
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Examples of pertain in a Sentence
books pertaining to the country's history
the belief that quality medical care is a right that pertains to everyone
Recent Examples of pertain from the Web
Our main goal is to clarify or simplify all the complications going on with federal or state governments pertaining to employee benefits.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Elk Grove Police Department Communication Center at 916-714-5115 or Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357.
That rule requires that everything in the bill pertain directly to the federal budget.
Question: Our HOA’s website, which was created and controlled by the management company, houses a treasure trove of documents and information pertaining to our association and its members.
Kaplan said the EPA has reviewed the documents pertaining to the demolition and had their engineers submit comments.
The shortfall for states combined is projected to be 2.6 percent of their GDP, according to data from the Reserve Bank of India based on information pertaining to 25 states.
At the meetings, shown live in recent years on the WisconsinEye Public Affairs Network, the justices discussed issues both meaty and mundane, many of them pertaining to court policies.
Regarding Mr. Sanborn’s suggestion that the massive destruction conveniently destroyed records pertaining to corruption and waste in the Department of Defense, who knows?
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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.
PERTAIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pertain for English Language Learners
: to relate to someone or something : to have a connection to a person or thing
PERTAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of pertain for Students
1 : to relate to a person or thing The laws pertain to hunting.
2 : to belong to as a part, quality, or function These duties pertain to the office of sheriff.
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