from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
- intransitive v. To belong as an adjunct, part, holding, or quality.
- intransitive v. To be fitting or suitable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to belong
- v. to relate, to refer, be relevant to
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on, something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to appertain
- intransitive v. To have relation or reference to something.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To belong; appertain, as a possession or an adjunct: with to or unto: as, the things which pertain to God.
- To relate; have reference or relation: with to.
- Synonyms To regard, relate to, bear upon, concern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be relevant to
- v. be a part or attribute of
Middle English pertenen, pertainen, from Old French partenir, from Latin pertinēre : per-, per- + tenēre, to hold; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French partenir (French: appartenir), in turn from Latin pertineō. (Wiktionary)