re·lat·ed | \ri-ˈlā-təd \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for related


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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Looking out to 2050, annual losses from flooding related to climate change and sea-level rise could increase to more than $60 billion a year. Richard Florida, WIRED, "Climate Change Will Force the Poor From Their Homes," 13 July 2018 The dossier and its related dirt was on a circular flight path aboard a courier service called air Clinton, and the FBI kept signing for the packages. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 Opponents of the deal, including the Communications Workers of America union and 22 Democratic senators, as well as some prominent conservatives, are urging the FCC to await the outcome of a related federal court case before making a decision. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As news ownership consolidates, will local TV become more partisan?," 13 July 2018 The shift is largely related to changing demographics in Mexico and the levels of violence and, in some cases, poverty in Central America. Jo Craven Mcginty, WSJ, "The Changing Face of Illegal Border Crossings," 13 July 2018 Chuck-will’s-widows are closely related to the whip-poor-will. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Mississippi kite was seen, but chuck-will’s widow, as usual, was only heard," 3 July 2018 In related news, Californians could vote to end daylight saving time under a measure sent to the governor. Christina Bellantoni,, "Trump's immigration policy puts California Republicans in difficult position," 25 June 2018 Whether the decrease is related to nearby gentrification, the soaring overdose rates, or something else, Duffy doesn’t know. Mary Bernard,, "Father Mike, a staple at a Kensington soup kitchen, reflects on 30 years in the changing neighborhood," 21 June 2018 In a statement last week, Harbaugh said the penalties — which included fines for him and the team and the loss of two OTA workouts — were related to contact during pass coverage drills. Childs Walker,, "Ravens notes: Harbaugh downplays impact of lost OTA workouts," 12 June 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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