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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pertain mean? 

PERTAIN (verb)
  The verb PERTAIN has 2 senses:

1. have to do with or be relevant to
2. be a part or attribute of

  Familiarity information: PERTAIN used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PERTAIN (verb)

Sense 1pertain [BACK TO TOP]


Have to do with or be relevant to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


pertain; concern; bear on; come to; refer; relate; touch on; touch

Context examples:

There were lots of questions referring to her talk / My remark pertained to your earlier comments

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "pertain"):

center; center on; concentrate on; focus on; revolve about; revolve around (center upon)

apply; go for; hold (be pertinent or relevant or applicable)

affect; involve; regard (connect closely and often incriminatingly)

interest; matter to (be of importance or consequence)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sense 2pertain [BACK TO TOP]


Be a part or attribute of

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations


appertain; pertain

Hypernyms (to "pertain" is one way to...):

belong; consist; dwell; lie; lie in (originate (in))

Sentence frame:

Something ----s to somebody

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