relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Definition of relate

transitive verb

1 : to give an account of : tell
2 : to show or establish logical or causal connection between seeks to relate crime to poverty

intransitive verb

1 : to apply or take effect retroactively usually used with backthe law relates back to the initial date of decision
2 : to have relationship or connection the readings relate to his lectures
3 : to have or establish a relationship : interact the way a child relates to a teacher
4a : to respond especially favorably can't relate to that kind of music
b : to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something Those who have experienced the same hardship can relate. characters the reader can easily relate to

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Other Words from relate

relater or relator \ ri-​ˈlā-​tər How to pronounce relator (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for relate

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join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness. joined forces in an effort to win combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit. combined jazz and rock to create a new music unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity. the colonies united to form a republic connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity. a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity. a name forever linked with liberty associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation. opera is popularly associated with high society relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection. related what he observed to what he already knew

Examples of relate in a Sentence

You must be feeling awful. I went through something similar myself last year, so I can relate. We listened eagerly as she related the whole exciting story.
Recent Examples on the Web Hill estimated that 70% of his shout-outs are fantasy football-related. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ray Lewis will bless your wedding anniversary. Or RG3 could smack talk your buddy - if the price is right.," 7 Nov. 2019 The Mountbatten Connection to the Royal Family As with many royal relatives, Louis Mountbatten was related to both Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Prince Philip's Uncle, Lord Mountbatten?," 7 Nov. 2019 Hours later, Meghan McCain shared a quote to her Instagram Stories that may or may not have been related. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Posts Cryptic Instagram After Whoopi Goldberg Shuts Down Her Debate With Joy," 3 Nov. 2019 There have not been any confirmed reports of illnesses related to the product, the Minneapolis manufacturer added. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Gold Medal flour recall: Its 5-pound bags may contain E. coli," 17 Sep. 2019 Another death related to vaping was identified by health officials in Indiana on Sept. 6. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "California man dies in seventh vaping-related illness," 17 Sep. 2019 Salt Lake City resident Lance Lamont Lavert, 37, was convicted by a federal jury last month on three charges related to the robbery at the Motel 6 on Paseo Del Norte. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Utah man who robbed, pistol-whipped Carlsbad motel clerk sentenced to federal prison," 16 Sep. 2019 The University of Maryland’s Howard Center for Investigative Journalism found emergency calls relating to psychiatric conditions increased about 40% in Baltimore in summer 2018, when the heat index surged above 103F, as reported on NPR. Emily Holden, Scientific American, "Climate Change Is Having Widespread Health Impacts," 16 Sep. 2019 More than 215,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids between 1999 and 2017. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of relate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relate

Latin relatus (past participle of referre to carry back), from re- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

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The first known use of relate was in the 15th century

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13 Nov 2019

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“Relate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relates. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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relate

verb
How to pronounce relate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of relate

: to show or make a connection between (two or more things)
: to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something
formal : to tell (something, such as a story)

relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Kids Definition of relate

1 : to give an account of : narrate Each time he … cawed several times as if he were relating his adventures …— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
2 : to show or have a relationship to or between : connect The events are related. The lesson relates to history.
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Medical Definition of relate

: to have meaningful social relationships : interact realistically an inability to relate emotionally to others— Willow Lawson

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