relate to

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of relate to

1 :to connect (something) with (something else)
  • Few of the people who became sick related their symptoms to the food they'd eaten the day before.
2 :to understand and like or have sympathy for (someone or something)
  • I can relate to your feelings.
  • I've never been able to relate to him very well.
  • He writes songs that people can really relate to.
3 used to describe how someone talks to or behaves toward (someone else)
  • How a child relates to her teacher can affect her education.
4 :to be connected with (someone or something) :to be about (someone or something)
  • The readings relate to the class discussions.
often used as (be) related to
  • The exam questions are directly related to the readings.
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Word by Word Definitions

relate play
  1. : to give an account of : tell

  2. : to show or establish logical or causal connection between

  3. : to apply or take effect retroactively


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