Definition of relate
1 : to give an account of : tell
2 : to show or establish logical or causal connection between <seeks to relate crime to poverty>
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>
relatorplay \-ˈlā-tər\ noun
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.
RELATE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of relate for Students
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