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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Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was arrested Monday morning at his home in West Springfield, Massachusetts, on a fugitive from justice charge related to Friday's crash, the New Hampshire attorney general's office said. NBC News, "Truck driver charged with 7 homicides in New Hampshire motorcycle crash," 24 June 2019 Adel Sambrano Ramos, 45, was charged with murder, attempted murder and related charges. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Officer down! Officer down!' Chilling footage reveals deadly shootout in Sacramento," 23 June 2019 In May, co-defendants Autumn Marie Nichols, 20, and Esperanza Cardenas, 29, pleaded guilty to related charges. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "2 brothers admit home invasions that targeted business owners. In one, an Eden Prairie man died of a heart attack.," 18 June 2019 He was also convicted of related firearms charges, the office wrote. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore man could get life in prison after being convicted of murder, attempted murder in 2017 shooting spree," 12 June 2019 Mack and Bronfman are co-defendants and pleaded guilty to related charges. Sonia Moghe, CNN, "An actress testifies she was lured into 'sex cult' through classes," 11 June 2019 Harmon was released and is being charged with three counts of DUI related charges and one count of leaving an accident. Aubrey Carpenter, azcentral, "Maricopa County employee arrested after suspected DUI, hit-and-run," 5 June 2019 The commission alleged two counts of misconduct in the judge’s handling of the trust and related estate case. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana Supreme Court suspends Hendrick County Judge Robert Freese for misconduct," 4 June 2019 While humans are more closely related to the likes of chimpanzees and gorillas, those mammals have limited vocal communication skills. Matt Mcnulty,, "Seals in Scotland Were Taught to Sing the Star Wars Theme — Watch," 21 June 2019

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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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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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