Definition of pertain in English:

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Pronunciation: /pərˈtān/


[no object]
1Be appropriate, related, or applicable: matters pertaining to the organization of government
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  • In the public perception, all matters pertaining to health are the responsibility of the appropriate Ministry, or perhaps it should be so.
  • Similarly, on its return route, the bus should bear the related PIN pertaining to its destination.
  • The university relations officer works to represent students on all matters pertaining to governance of the university.
concern, relate to, be related to, be connected with, be relevant to, regard, apply to, be pertinent to, refer to, have a bearing on, appertain to, bear on, affect, involve, touch on
1.1chiefly Law Belong to something as a part, appendage, or accessory: the premises, stock, and all assets pertaining to the business
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  • 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 included in
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
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  • 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 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.
  • ‘The culture of blame which pertains in this country today is an unhealthy and debilitating trend,’ the Prime Minister said.
exist, be the order of the day, be the case, prevail
formal obtain


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

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Syllabification: per·tain

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