Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain;
pertainsto the ocean; flowers
pertainto plant life.
Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition which
pertainethnot to them.
To have relation or reference to something.
pertainunto us at this time as they
pertainedto them at their time.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To belong; to be the property, right or duty of.
Men hate those who affect honor by ambition, which pertaineth not to them.
He took the fortified cities which pertained to Judah. 2 Kings.12.
It pertains to the governor to open the ports by proclamation.
2.To have relation to. Acts.1.
pertain (third-person singular simple present pertains, present participle pertaining, simple past and past participle pertained)
- (intransitive) to belong to or be a part of; be an adjunct, attribute, or accessory of
- (intransitive) to relate, to refer, be relevant to
- (intransitive) To apply; to be or remain in place; to continue to be applicable
- In all the above senses, pertain is followed by to (or formerly by unto, as in The King James Version of The Bible and in the plays of Shakespeare, although to is used in these works as well).
- 1989, Sort out any booklets or manuals that pertain to the heating system or any other fixture that you are leaving behind. — One's company, Underwood, Lynn, Southampton: Ashford.
- be irrelevant
to relate, to refer