Pertain Per*tain", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pertained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pertaining}.] [OE. partenen, OF. partenir, fr. L. pertinere to stretch out, reach, pertain; per + tenere to hold, keep. See {Per-}, and {Tenable}, and cf. {Appertain}, {Pertinent}.] 1. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain; as, saltness pertains to the ocean; flowers pertain to plant life. [1913 Webster]

Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition which pertaineth not to them. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

2. To have relation or reference to something. [1913 Webster]

These words pertain unto us at this time as they pertained to them at their time. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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