relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Definition of relate

transitive verb

1 : to give an account of : tell
2 : to show or establish logical or causal connection between seeks to relate crime to poverty

intransitive verb

1 : to apply or take effect retroactively usually used with back the law relates back to the initial date of decision
2 : to have relationship or connection the readings relate to his lectures
3 : to have or establish a relationship : interact the way a child relates to a teacher
4a : to respond especially favorably can't relate to that kind of music
b : to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something Those who have experienced the same hardship can relate. characters the reader can easily relate to

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Other Words from relate

relater or relator \ ri-​ˈlā-​tər How to pronounce relator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for relate

Synonyms

bond, click, commune

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join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness. joined forces in an effort to win combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit. combined jazz and rock to create a new music unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity. the colonies united to form a republic connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity. a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity. a name forever linked with liberty associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation. opera is popularly associated with high society relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection. related what he observed to what he already knew

Examples of relate in a Sentence

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

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More than 215,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2017. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?," 17 Sep. 2019 There are all sorts of projects related to that on the medical campus. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Hopkins professor Thomas Dolby aims to help the next generation score the future," 17 Sep. 2019 There have been several other flour recalls this year related to the outbreak strain of of E. coli O26, which according to the CDC, infected 21 people in nine states. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "General Mill recalls 600,000 pounds of Gold Medal unbleached flour for E. coli risk," 17 Sep. 2019 Kentucky native Randy Bruner will walk attendees through the history, methods and myths related to bourbon. Houston Chronicle, "SL Fort Bend Calendar 091819," 16 Sep. 2019 The non-renewal letter said her property did not meet at least one of the company’s guidelines related to nearby flammable vegetation, wind patterns and poor road accessibility. Emily Deruy, The Mercury News, "As fire season heats up, insurance companies drop long-time clients," 15 Sep. 2019 Denver health officials on Thursday announced the first death related to the outbreak. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, "Boulder County jail inmate tests positive for Hepatitis A amid statewide outbreak," 14 Sep. 2019 Hayley also said that her music allows fans to relate to her experience. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "10 Facts About Hayley Kiyoko That Will Make You Crazy About Her," 13 Sep. 2019 The majority of the top solo female travel content on YouTube is from the vanlife community, with videos related to vanlife having increased more than 4.5 times since 2017. Taylor Lorenz, Outside Online, "Jennelle Eliana's Rise to Vanlife Stardom," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of relate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relate

Latin relatus (past participle of referre to carry back), from re- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

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The first known use of relate was in the 15th century

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relate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of relate

: to show or make a connection between (two or more things)
: to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something
formal : to tell (something, such as a story)

relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Kids Definition of relate

1 : 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
2 : to show or have a relationship to or between : connect The events are related. The lesson relates to history.
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Medical Definition of relate

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

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