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 Cooperation in federal inquiries typically entails being fully candid in interviews with investigators and testifying at trials and before grand juries in related investigations., "Indicted Gaetz associate likely to strike plea deal with prosecutors in sex trafficking case," 8 Apr. 2021 In order to convict Chauvin of second-degree murder, prosecutors will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chauvin caused Floyd's death while committing or attempting to commit a related felony, in this case third-degree assault. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Live Updates: Court resumes after drug testimony in Derek Chauvin trial," 8 Apr. 2021 Coronavirus case counts related to meatpacking have fallen since last year amid an industrywide effort to protect workers and the more recent national vaccine rollout. USA Today, "Thousands of meatpacking workers have been vaccinated, but the industry’s crisis continues," 8 Apr. 2021 Under California law, covered employers with more than 25 employees must provide paid sick leave for vaccine appointments — whether mandated or not — and to recover from related symptoms. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can your employer require a vaccine? Probably. So can a restaurant or hotel.," 8 Apr. 2021 The California variant is actually a pair of closely related fellow travelers known as B.1.427 and B.1.429. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: Biden’s push against ghost guns," 8 Apr. 2021 The Stanford lab was able to detect the new variant’s E484Q mutation, even though the lab is designed to detect only the closely related E484K mutation. oregonlive, "What we know about the new ‘double mutant’ coronavirus variant," 8 Apr. 2021 The genomes show the three oldest modern humans at Bacho Kiro were distantly related to a 40,000-year-old partial skeleton from Tianyuan in China, as well as to other ancient and living East Asians and Native Americans. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "More than 45,000 years ago, modern humans ventured into Neanderthal territory. Here’s what happened next," 7 Apr. 2021 Instead, oil and gas operators would only be required to curb emissions of related pollutants called volatile organic compounds. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Shell endorses Democrats' move to cancel Trump rollback of methane regulations," 7 Apr. 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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10 Apr 2021

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