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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Tell us in the comments, then read the related article to learn more. New York Times, "Magical Chores," 12 May 2020 Similar solutions for the US benefits system would equally serve America’s unbanked population, as well as reduce fees to commercial banks and avoid related losses from inefficient payments. Shailee Adinolfi, Wired, "The US Could Deliver Stimulus Checks Faster—With Tech's Help," 12 May 2020 Four people in the county have died of coronavirus since Sunday morning, bringing the total of COVID-19 related deaths to 219. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: AHL cancels rest of season, Milwaukee Admirals declared champion," 11 May 2020 Despite the state's refusal to release the information, IndyStar has identified 51 facilities with COVID-19 related deaths. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "As Indiana nursing home COVID-19 deaths climb to 584, state keeps locations secret," 11 May 2020 The episode also splits Chuck and Axe into separate but thematically related stories. Kyle Fowle,, "Billions recap: Axe's new foe beats him at his own game," 11 May 2020 So were the related Flora-Bama Yacht Club and the Ole River Grill. al, "What’s open in Lower Alabama? Restaurants set tables," 11 May 2020 But several researchers believe a related strategy could work to test a coronavirus vaccine. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Regulators would consider releasing an unapproved coronavirus vaccine," 8 May 2020 Between 40 million and 50 million people around the world currently live with Alzheimer's and related dementias, with more than two million deaths annually. Curtis Brainard, Scientific American, "Diseases and Deadlines," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of related

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 May 2020

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“Related.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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