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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The other threats here are window blinds and their related parts. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 Port officials are still pursuing a related proposal to allow dozens of large TV-screen kiosks on the waterfront that may include video ads. David Garrick,, "Public outcry prompts port to shelve looser policy for building wrap ads," 13 July 2018 The salesroom is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shoppers can find rare dolls, like the No. 1, and the latest dolls, along with related items. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Valley of the dolls: Barbie collectors hit Phoenix resort scene for 2018 convention," 13 July 2018 This is an opportunity for voters to hear ideas for solutions to sea level rise and other related topics directly from candidates running for public office, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Reception 5:30-6 p.m. Free; public invited. Mary Lou Cruz,, "Fort Lauderdale area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 Current vaccines are made from another related virus called vaccinia. NBC News, "Now there's a drug to treat smallpox, just in case," 13 July 2018 Mueller was tasked with looking into whether there was coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia — and any related issues. Martin Finucane,, "Believe it or not, President Trump has been in Europe a little over 72 hours," 13 July 2018 In the first half of the year, hedge funds and their related entities have poured about $5.8 billion into the space, up from $5.3 billion for the entirety of 2017 (Thanks, Pitchbook!). Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 The indictment also claims in a related allegation that Russian officers hacked a state election board's website and stole the information of roughly 500,000 voters. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Russian intelligence officers indicted in DNC hacking," 13 July 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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