verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

: to show or make a connection between (two or more things)

: to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something

: to tell (something, such as a story)


Full Definition of RELATE

transitive verb
:  to give an account of :  tell
:  to show or establish logical or causal connection between <seeks to relate crime to poverty>
intransitive verb
:  to apply or take effect retroactively —usually used with back <the law relates back to the initial date of decision>
:  to have relationship or connection <the readings relate to his lectures>
:  to have or establish a relationship :  interact <the way a child relates to a teacher>
:  to respond especially favorably <can't relate to that kind of music>
re·lat·able \-ˈlā-tə-bəl\ adjective
re·lat·er or re·la·tor \-ˈlā-tər\ noun

Examples of RELATE

  1. You must be feeling awful. I went through something similar myself last year, so I can relate.
  2. We listened eagerly as she related the whole exciting story.

Origin of RELATE

Latin relatus (past participle of referre to carry back), from re- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with RELATE

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RELATOR Defined for Kids


verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

Definition of RELATE for Kids

:  to give an account of :  narrate <Each time he … cawed several times as if he were relating his adventures … — Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden>
:  to show or have a relationship to or between :  connect <The events are related.> <The lesson relates to history.>
Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

Medical Definition of RELATE

:  to have meaningful social relationships :  interact realistically <an inability to relate emotionally to others—Willow Lawson>


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