Per·tain v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pertained p. pr. & vb. n. Pertaining.]
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.
v 1: have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of
questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained
to your earlier comments" [syn: refer, relate, concern,
come to, bear on, touch, touch on]
2: be a part or attribute of [syn: appertain]