relate

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verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

Definition of relate

related

;

relating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give an account of :  tell

  3. 2 :  to show or establish logical or causal connection between seeks to relate crime to poverty

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to apply or take effect retroactively —usually used with back the law relates back to the initial date of decision

  6. 2 :  to have relationship or connection the readings relate to his lectures

  7. 3 :  to have or establish a relationship :  interact the way a child relates to a teacher

  8. 4a :  to respond especially favorably can't relate to that kind of musicb :  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

relater

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relator

play \-ˈlā-tər\ noun

Examples of relate in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of relate

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



RELATE Defined for English Language Learners

relate

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verb

Definition of relate for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


RELATE Defined for Kids

relate

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verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

Definition of relate for Students

related

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relating

  1. 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. 2 :  to show or have a relationship to or between :  connect The events are related. The lesson relates to history.


Medical Dictionary

relate

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intransitive verb re·late \ri-ˈlāt\

Medical Definition of relate

related

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relating

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



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