Definition of pertain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

pertain

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪn//
 
[intransitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pertain
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪn//
 
he / she / it pertains
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪnz//
 
past simple pertained
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪnd//
 
past participle pertained
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪnd//
 
-ing form pertaining
BrE BrE//pəˈteɪnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//pərˈteɪnɪŋ//
 
 
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to exist or to apply in a particular situation or at a particular time Living conditions are vastly different from those pertaining in their country of origin. Those laws no longer pertain. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinere ‘extend to, have reference to’, from per- ‘through’ + tenere ‘to hold’. Phrasal Verbspertain to somebody
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