relate to

phrasal verb

related to; relating to; relates to
: 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.
: 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.
used to describe how someone talks to or behaves toward (someone else)
How a child relates to her teacher can affect her education.
: 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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“Relate to.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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