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

Other Words from relate

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

Synonyms for relate

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web So many of the lingering questions as camp begins directly relate to that Notre Dame matchup. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 Anyone who has issues with headaches or neck and shoulder pain can probably relate to the experience of struggling to find a pillow that's firm and supportive without being too thick and causing discomfort. Annie Burdick, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The allegations against Sacks relate to his prescribing of the drugs Butrans, Hysingla and OxyContin, made by Purdue, to patients on Medicare between December 2010 and October 2021. Charles Ornstein, ProPublica, 1 Aug. 2022 So how do The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars relate to each other? Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 July 2022 Jesús Sesmas, a 58-year-old independent gardener, can relate to the UPS driver. Laura Daniella Sepulveda, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2022 Many of Preserve and Protect Moose Pass’s complaints relate to the change in the scope of the project. Riley Board, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2022 Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce can relate. Essence, 18 July 2022 Beltré, who arrived in the big leagues as a 19-year-old, could relate to a player who struggled at times because of his youth and inexperience. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2022 See More

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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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7 Aug 2022

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“Relate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relate. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for relate

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.

relate

intransitive verb
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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