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 for pertain
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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              Men hate those who affect that honor by ambition
              which pertaineth not to them.         --Hayward.
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     2. To have relation or reference to something.
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              These words pertain unto us at this time as they
              pertained to them at their time.      --Latimer.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to
           her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
           [syn: refer, pertain, relate, concern, come to,
           bear on, touch, touch on, have-to doe with]
      2: be a part or attribute of [syn: pertain, appertain]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  21 Moby Thesaurus words for "pertain":
     affect, appertain, appertain to, apply, apply to, associate, bear,
     bear on, befit, combine, concern, connect, cover, include, join,
     pertain to, refer to, regard, relate, relate to, vest

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