re·​lat·​ed | \ri-ˈlā-təd \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for related


affiliated, akin, allied, kindred



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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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Philip's children and grandchildren, including William and Harry, are therefore related to the Romanovs as well. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Romanovs' Relationship with the British Royal Family Is Explored in an Exhibit at Buckingham Palace," 9 Nov. 2018 Modern humans, Denisovans, and Neanderthals all come from a common ancestor—but Denisovans are more closely related to Neanderthals. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Fossil Holds an Ancient Secret About Humanity," 22 Aug. 2018 More than half of the women were black, and many had the same narrative: Their drug use was closely related to family issues during their teenage years. Hayley Krischer, Marie Claire, "How Heroin Came for Middle-Class Moms," 20 Aug. 2018 In a related development, a man who attended the Rainbow gathering has been reported missing by the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man charged in death of woman he met at Rainbow Family gathering in Georgia," 12 July 2018 Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics cost nearly $40 billion, and Sochi, Russia, broke the bank, reportedly spending $51 billion for the 2014 Winter Games and related developments in the resort town. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Will LA’s ‘no-build’ Olympics spur Southern California’s next building boom?," 10 July 2018 Dodd had been cooperating with police and was coming from Mexico to turn himself in on charges of second-degree rape, second-degree assault and other related counts, said Gina Ford, a spokeswoman for the State’s Attorney’s Office. Lynh Bui, Washington Post, "Former U-Md. basketball player Damonte Dodd charged with rape, assault," 6 July 2018 Often referred to as roundworms, nematodes are not closely related to true worms. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 On Friday, following an investigation, state prosecutors charged Mr. Segev in a Jerusalem court on counts related to passing information to the enemy. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israel Charges a Former Minister With Spying for Iran," 18 June 2018

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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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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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