re·​lat·​ed | \ ri-ˈlā-təd How to pronounce related (audio) \

Definition of related

1 : connected by reason of an established or discoverable relation
2 : connected by common ancestry or sometimes by marriage
3 : having close harmonic connection used of tones, chords, or tonalities

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Other Words from related

relatedly adverb
relatedness noun

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affiliated, akin, allied, kindred



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Examples of related in a Sentence

ancient history and other related subjects I just found out that my best friend and I are related through distant cousins. Horses and donkeys are related. The words “play” and “playful” are related.
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Zoltek submitted voluntary self-disclosures in 2016 and 2017 related to the conduct, the Treasury said. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Carbon-Fiber Firm to Pay $7.8 Million in Sanctions Settlement," 21 Dec. 2018 Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire are our favorite related celebrities now, but back in 2002, Reba was simply Kelly's favorite singer. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson Met on 'American Idol' Long Before They Were Related," 14 Apr. 2019 For some 2020 contenders, a flicker of hope remained that the full Mueller report — and perhaps related evidence — would reveal wrongdoing by the president. Steve Peoples, The Seattle Times, "Mueller findings flip Trump debate in 2020 campaign," 25 Mar. 2019 Emma McIntyreGetty Images Jordyn Woods is about to sit down with Jada Pinkett Smith—and potentially Jada's daughter and cohost Willow Smith—to talk about all things Khloe Kardashian-Tristan Thompson-Kylie Jenner related. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Do Jordyn Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Know Each Other?," 1 Mar. 2019 Wardle then used a feature that searched VirusTotal for related malicious files and found four more. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Four months after its debut, sneaky Mac malware went undetected by AV providers," 21 Dec. 2018 The Miami book chain also regularly hosts a number of author related events: just last week Bill Clinton came to talk about his latest book with James Patterson, The President Is Missing. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "The Cultural Guide to Avoiding Art Basel This Year," 4 Dec. 2018 Metzner diagnosed schizoaffective disorder, a severe form of schizophrenia, and Reid found schizotypal personality, a related but less severe disorder. Fox News, "'Hidden in Holmes' mind': Psychologist describes findings after spending hours with Aurora movie theater killer," 2 Oct. 2018 Better batteries The researchers look at a set of related issues. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "When will electric airliners make sense?," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of related

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of related

: connected in some way
: in the same family
: belonging to the same group because of shared characteristics, qualities, etc.


re·​lat·​ed | \ ri-ˈlā-təd\

Kids Definition of related

1 : sharing some connection painting and the related arts
2 : connected by common ancestry or by marriage We call her “auntie,” but we're not actually related.
3 : connected by a usually distant common ancestor and typically sharing similar characteristics Horses and zebras are related.

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