from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
  • intransitive v. To belong as an adjunct, part, holding, or quality.
  • intransitive v. To be fitting or suitable.

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  • v. to belong
  • v. to relate, to refer, be relevant to

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain
  • intransitive v. To have relation or reference to something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To belong; appertain, as a possession or an adjunct: with to or unto: as, the things which pertain to God.
  • To relate; have reference or relation: with to.
  • Synonyms To regard, relate to, bear upon, concern.

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  • v. be relevant to
  • v. be a part or attribute of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English pertenen, pertainen, from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinēre : per-, per- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.

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


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  • Can be used as a synonym for 'belong'.

    August 15, 2008