intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference or relevance; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. To belong as an adjunct, part, holding, or quality: skills that pertain to engineering.
3. To be fitting or suitable: conduct that pertains to an officer.
[Middle English pertenen, pertainen, from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinēre : per-, per- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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