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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relatedly adverb
relatedness noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Members of the Royal Household Staff, related representatives and troops with ceremonial duties will also honor this period of grievance, set to end September 26, Buckingham Palace said. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 23 Sep. 2022 Monkeypox is closely related to smallpox, but originally was found in monkeys. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 23 Sep. 2022 The Biden administration dedicated $432 million to beef up call centers and related services.. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 In March, his wife was charged with intimidation of a witness/victim, compelling the victim not to testify, related to his case, according to court records. Quinn Clark, Journal Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 Generally accepted accounting practices in the United States (GAAP) require disclosure of details of related-party transactions. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 21 Sep. 2022 The usual argument here is that the study of literature puts a unique emphasis on one’s ability to draw fine distinctions, to discriminate between closely related meanings and possibilities, even to entertain several conflicting ideas at once. Michael Gorra, The New York Review of Books, 21 Sep. 2022 The related political, linguistic, aesthetic and ethnographic history is complicated, fraught and unexpectedly topical, involving ever-shifting borders and populations between Russia, Ukraine, Poland and Germany. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 For now, that’s not worrisome: In real-world applications, Reed-Solomon codes and related forms of error correction are sufficient. Jordana Cepelewicz, Quanta Magazine, 19 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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25 Sep 2022

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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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