relative to

preposition

: with regard to : in connection with

Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of relative to was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Relative to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relative%20to. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

relative to

preposition
: in relation to
the angle of the pole relative to the ground
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