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 Kenney said the remains related to Farley's resignation were separate from those rediscovered in April in the possession of Alan Mann, a former professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton University. Alec Snyder, CNN, "Philadelphia health commissioner resigns after mayor learns he cremated and disposed of 1985 MOVE bombing victims' remains," 14 May 2021 Across the border in Laos, officials have reported less than 1,500 cases, but the case load has increased almost tenfold in the last three weeks—and the landlocked country reported its first COVID-19 related death on May 9. Time, "Southeast Asia Kept COVID-19 Under Control For Most of the Pandemic. Now It's Battling Worrying New Surges," 14 May 2021 This is similar to the related 2022 Hyundai Tucson, with which the Sportage should share a platform. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2023 Kia Sportage Spied with New Design, Interesting Headlights," 14 May 2021 The earlier grounding was focused on fixes to that system and related training and wiring issues. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, "FAA Approves Boeing Fixes for Latest 737 MAX Problem," 13 May 2021 But at the turn of the 20th century, with the explosive growth of the chicken industry in the United States thanks to related government subsidies, the chicken cutlet — more oval-shaped than rectangular — entered the scene and has never left. Washington Post, "A crispy cauliflower recipe with lemon-mustard dressing proves a cutlet is what you make of it," 13 May 2021 The bill was approved in the House but died in the Senate when the Alabama ABC board withdrew its support and instead decided to create a study group to examine all alcohol related bills. al, "Gov. Kay Ivey signs direct wine shipment bill, law goes into effect in August," 13 May 2021 At the meeting, representatives of WIV refuted the possibility that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could have leaked from the lab, noting that none of the three SARS-like viruses cultured in the laboratory are closely related to SARS-CoV-2. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Did the coronavirus escape from a lab? The idea deserves a second look, scientists say," 13 May 2021 Vanichkachorn said the fatigue in patients was severe enough to link to COVID-19, rather than to related issues such as depression and anxiety caused by isolation during the pandemic or other issues. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "Long-haul COVID-19 patients surprise Mayo researchers," 12 May 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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16 May 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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