Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pertaining"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pertain \Per*tain"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pertained}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Pertaining}.] [OE. partenen, OF. partenir, fr. L.
pertinere to stretch out, reach, pertain; per + tenere to
hold, keep. See {Per-}, and {Tenable}, and cf. {Appertain},
1. To belong; to have connection with, or dependence on,
something, as an appurtenance, attribute, etc.; to
appertain; as, saltness pertains to the ocean; flowers
pertain to plant life.

Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition
which pertaineth not to them. --Hayward.

2. To have relation or reference to something.

These words pertain unto us at this time as they
pertained to them at their time. --Latimer.

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