[syn: pertain, appertain]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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,
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.
Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition
which pertaineth not to them. --Hayward.
2. To have relation or reference to something.
These words pertain unto us at this time as they
pertained to them at their time. --Latimer.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to
her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
[syn: refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to,
bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with]
2: be a part or attribute of [syn: pertain, appertain]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "pertain":
affect, appertain, appertain to, apply, apply to, associate, bear,
bear on, befit, combine, concern, connect, cover, include, join,
pertain to, refer to, regard, relate, relate to, vest