Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English pertenen, pertainen, from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinēre : per-, per- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French partenir (French: appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The American Academy of Family Physicians, which has more than 100,000 members, also expressed concerns about how the deal's terms pertain to Medicare.

  • But to clarify, Cardinas said only four of the eight models named in the recall pertain to Guam: the 2009-2010 Matrix, the 2007-2010 Tundra, the 2008-2010 Sequoia and the 2005-2010

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  • PACER, the four calls pertain to paragraph 68 (e) of the criminal complaint and are conversations of Blagojevich and other interceptees.

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  • Those terms pertain to only years with salary caps, the league says.

    Fore, right!

  • I write songs that kind of pertain to where I'm at now.

    A Veteran Songwriter's 'Old Man' Music

  • That it is not expedient due to extrajudicial complications, such as pertain to future behaviors of CIA agents and as President Obama alleges, should have no bearing.

    Lies And Torture - When Policies And Words Diverge

  • Why would Silvans "pertain" to Sancus if they are supposed to the one and same god?

    TLE 900: Sancus, yet another Etruscan "mystery god"

  • But lest these things should seem to have too much of logical difficulty, let us proceed to such as pertain more to natural philosophy.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • One half of it (within bounds) might remain as it is, on the supposition, that men have neither hopes nor duties, but such as pertain to them as joint tenants of this earthly life.

    The Growth of Thought As Affecting the Progress of Society

  • They showed Mr. Kendrick the books of the firm, they explained to him their system of buying, of analyzing their sales that they might learn how to buy at best advantage and sell at greatest profit; of getting rid of goods quickly by attractive advertising; of all manner of details large and small, such as pertain to the conduct of a business of the character of theirs.

    The Twenty-Fourth of June

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

    August 15, 2008