Definition of pertain in English:

pertain

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Be appropriate, related, or applicable.

    ‘matters pertaining to the organization of government’
    • ‘In addition, they have consistently been looked to by society for expert advice on matters pertaining to health.’
    • ‘They are particularly ignorant, I found, when it comes to matters pertaining to the military.’
    • ‘The university relations officer works to represent students on all matters pertaining to governance of the university.’
    • ‘To determine whether a right of way exists in the first place is an inherently different issue from matters pertaining to its usage.’
    • ‘The standing committees are basically two groups of members consulting on various matters pertaining to the city council.’
    • ‘He also troubleshoots matters pertaining to industrial unrest.’
    • ‘My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe.’
    • ‘We will be familiar with matters brought before council and will read all material pertaining to them.’
    • ‘As with any association, certain matters pertaining to codes of conduct and standards need to be addressed.’
    • ‘In the public perception, all matters pertaining to health are the responsibility of the appropriate Ministry, or perhaps it should be so.’
    • ‘In the past, it was unheard of to discuss fiscal matters pertaining to security wings.’
    • ‘Cross-examination need not be confined to the matters pertaining to the charges.’
    • ‘But will it be possible to cover all aspects pertaining to management in such a short time?’
    • ‘I have received a number of related questions pertaining to this issue, so I will do my best to explain.’
    • ‘Apparently, the residents held a meeting the other day in the building to discuss matters pertaining to the same.’
    • ‘The party is independent of the state in matters pertaining to the police and youth, but everywhere else the state stands above the party.’
    • ‘Though for some, the matters pertaining to the most recent mandate were yet to be concluded.’
    • ‘This one could be considered with all seriousness, as it pertains to all important health matters.’
    • ‘He is a learned man in most matters that pertain to art.’
    • ‘Similarly, on its return route, the bus should bear the related PIN pertaining to its destination.’
    concern, relate to, be related to, be connected with, be relevant to, have relevance to, apply to, be pertinent to, have reference to, refer to, have a bearing on, appertain to, bear on, affect, involve, cover, touch
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    1. 1.1Law Belong to something as a part, appendage, or accessory.
      ‘the premises, stock, and all assets pertaining to the business’
      • ‘The adjective ‘gastric’ applies to all things pertaining to the stomach.’
      • ‘To steal anything pertaining to this story would be plagarism and illegal, so please, don't.’
      • ‘While the individuals pertaining to those groups may argue that they feel they are viable blood donors, why take the risk?’
      belong to, be a part of, be an adjunct of, go along with, be included in
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    2. 1.2[with adverbial] Be in effect or existence in a specified place or at a specified time.
      ‘their economic circumstances are vastly different from those which pertained in their land of origin’
      • ‘This situation has pertained for some time and has hindered the development of the town.’
      • ‘A serious litter problem pertained at the Shopping Centre.’
      • ‘There are generous Jackpots and a comfortable warm atmosphere pertains.’
      • ‘‘The culture of blame which pertains in this country today is an unhealthy and debilitating trend,’ the Prime Minister said.’
      • ‘James Joyce's view that the Irish view the British through the ‘cracked looking glass of a servant’ no longer pertains.’
      • ‘The reason for old gents' clubs - as grown-up common rooms for unmarried men who lodged in the City and couldn't cook for themselves - no longer pertains.’
      • ‘Who can tell what sort of situation might be pertaining when it comes to that.’
      • ‘In its taking and assessing of evidence from claimants, the Board requires a far lower standard of proof than that which pertains in the civil courts.’
      • ‘As a student reading for a doctorate at the celebrated University of Paris-Sorbonne, he is well versed in the academic language that pertains in France and on the European Continent.’
      • ‘The Department's guidelines are in some cases only half the market value pertaining in the open market.’
      • ‘He gives the example of initiation into adulthood as a period of liminality in Ndembu society, when the norms of everyday life no longer pertain.’
      • ‘There are wonderful cash prizes and two jackpots on offer and a friendly atmosphere pertains.’
      • ‘The Minister emphasised that the 40% rate applied to next year only and the rate for future years would be decided in the light of the situation pertaining then.’
      exist, be the order of the day, obtain, be in effect, be the case, be prevalent, prevail, be current, be established
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinere extend to, have reference to from per- through + tenere to hold.

Pronunciation:

pertain

/pərˈtān/