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pertain

per·tain

pertain

 
 
pronunciation:
pr teIn
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: pertained, pertaining, pertains
definition 1: to relate or refer to something; have to do with.
The captain knows everything that pertains to the operation of the ship.My question pertains to the speaker's first point.This matter doesn't pertain to you, so I'll ask you to please leave the room.Please bring all the documents that pertain to the case.
synonyms:
refer, relate
similar words:
apply, connect
definition 2: to be a part of or an adjunct or accessory to something.
The duties that pertain to the office are not burdensome.
synonyms:
appertain, relate
similar words:
belong to, go
definition 3: to be appropriate to something; be pertinent.
similar words:
agree, appertain, belong, correspond, fit, go, relate
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