pertain to (someone or something)

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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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This quotes an emailed statement from The Pokemon Company clarifying the new art does pertain to something to be expected for "Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire."
Their degeneracy becomes the real issue of the film, whereas one would have hoped to see encounters that are more complex and that pertain to something more than the abuse of power.
Even if we recognize that social forces may shape and constrain our choices, our sense of being the author of our own actions, especially when they pertain to something as personal as reproduction, is profoundly valuable to us."
Any talk of real essence must pertain to something that is a natural kind or that is real in the sense that it is not a human creation, such as water, while nominal essence pertains to those entities, such as artworks, that are humanly created.
"The common denominator in these recent scandals is that the suspected crimes were all committed or pertain to something that happened a decade or more ago," said Amotz Asa-El, a political commentator and former executive editor of the Jerusalem Post.
If both events occur in the present moment, then the distinction must pertain to something other than tense.