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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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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Recent Examples on the Web This is where the powdery mildew comes in as a second but related problem. oregonlive, 25 July 2021 Most American Indians don’t object, to judge from most, though not all, polling on related questions. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, 24 July 2021 On Thursday, Democrats including Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) joined Republicans in voting in a committee meeting to add $25 billion to Pentagon funds in the related National Defense Authorization Act. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 Likewise, cost overruns and related debt for the 2004 Games in Athens exacerbated the 2007-17 financial and economic crises. Alberto Cervantes, WSJ, 23 July 2021 In a related development, Didi, China’s answer to Uber and Lyft, went ahead with an I.P.O. on Wall Street on June 30 that valued the company at $67 billion, only to have Chinese regulators respond fiercely. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Skull shining breathing improves the function of the heart and lungs while also helping with digestion and related problems such as constipation and gas. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 23 July 2021 With the passage of the related legislation and resolution, George said the city will spend the remaining year creating the administrative work behind the billing system update. John Benson, cleveland, 22 July 2021 The suits also implicate managers and other related businesses. Arielle Kass, ajc, 22 July 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Related.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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