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pertain to (someone or something)

To relate to, be relevant to, or have a connection with someone or something. These meetings never pertain to me, but the boss wants me to be there anyway. It was a bizarre scene that didn't seem to pertain to the rest of the film as a whole.
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pertain to someone or something

to relate to someone or something; to have something to do with someone or something. I don't think that anything discussed in this meeting pertained to me. It really doesn't pertain to the matter at hand.
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pertain to

To be relevant to or concerned with something: In chemistry the word "basic" pertains to substances with a pH factor greater than 7.
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The price increase pertains to North American markets only and is necessary due to escalating energy, transportation and raw material costs in the region.
Debate 13 pertains to outpatient mental health commitments for clients.
As such, ihsan pertains to a person's internalization of islam and iman, the former with the view of realizing spiritual and moral virtues that constitute the essential values of the Shari'ah, and the latter with the view of attaining knowledge of the inner realities of all things.
Students will have to register with Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for hands-on performance-based training, which specifically pertains to their duties.
Since the loan has already been funded, the relevance of the analysis pertains to the borrower's ability to contribute to the exit strategy.
A major problem of CRTs, adopted on the state level as being mandated, pertains to their lack in having been tried out in pilot studies to take out weak test items, but not to spread pupils out from high to low as is true of standardized tests.