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 The new model will likely share engines and mechanical components with the related Hyundai Tucson. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 Looney conceded that debating and voting on a budget, a related policy implementer, a bond package, marijuana, and two controversial transportation measures — all before Wednesday — is a huge task. Mark Pazniokas,, 7 June 2021 IndyStar is including Jones on the list because criminal charges were filed related to his death. Elizabeth Depompei, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2021 Hoo boy, advertisers are probably going to loathe these and other related updates. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 June 2021 That didn’t happen for a couple of reasons, both related to the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Inabinett |, al, 7 June 2021 Tumbling rivers might seem only vaguely related to crumpling shapes, but mathematicians discovered in 2009 that they could in fact be studied using the same techniques. Quanta Magazine, 7 June 2021 The modern commercial version of the e-cigarette is usually attributed to the Chinese pharmacist Hon Lik, although numerous patents and related technologies developed by others were prevalent throughout the 1980’s and 90’s. Gabriel A. Silva, Forbes, 6 June 2021 The judge has presided over the cases largely via a quirk in the local rules of San Diego’s federal court, which assigns cases that deal with similar or related legal issues to any judge who has previously handled such a case. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 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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9 Jun 2021

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“Related.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 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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