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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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relatedly adverb
relatedness noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web There have been incidents in which several people died in the same day on the mountain, but according to the list, those have all been in related climbing accidents, falls or cases where multiple people got trapped and died in the cold. oregonlive, "2 unrelated deaths at Mount Hood in same weekend are a rarity in mountain’s history," 19 Feb. 2020 Readers can also check into the Enquirer's Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Sports Parents Facebook group, for related topics. James Weber,, "Vote: Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky high school athletes of the week, Feb. 16," 18 Feb. 2020 During the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, a related virus, more than 300 people were infected through a defective sewage system in a Hong Kong housing estate. Maria Cheng, Anchorage Daily News, "Experts ponder why cruise ship coronavirus quarantine failed in Japan," 18 Feb. 2020 During the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, a related virus, experts discovered that more than 300 people were infected through a defective sewage system in a Hong Kong housing estate. Washington Post, "Quarantine on cruise ship in Japan comes under question," 18 Feb. 2020 In the 1930s, Yale zoologists Victor Twitty and Joseph Schwind conducted experiments in salamanders, cross-transplanting limb buds from a smaller species, Ambystoma punctatum, with those of a larger but closely related species, Ambystoma tigrinium. TheWeek, "How do body parts grow to their right sizes?," 17 Feb. 2020 Honorable mentions At the end of every story, embed at least one recent or related story. Dallas News, "Boys basketball player of the week (2/16) Richardson’s Rylan Griffen," 16 Feb. 2020 The number of related deaths is now greater than 1,300, while tens of thousands of people have been infected — most of them in China. Liz Szabo, azcentral, "Facts vs. fears: 5 answers to help weigh your coronavirus risk," 14 Feb. 2020 As we state at the closely related word YID n., Tottenham Hotspur Football Club is traditionally associated with the Jewish community in north and east London, and the term is sometimes used as a self-designation by some Tottenham fans. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Tottenham Hotspur condemns new dictionary definition of 'Yid'," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of related

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of related was in 1623

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21 Feb 2020

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“Related.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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