relative to


: with regard to : in connection with

Examples of relative to in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Converting a smaller nominal GDP to dollars at a weakened exchange rate results in a decline in the value of China’s GDP when measured in dollars relative to U.S. GDP. Nicholas R. Lardy, Foreign Affairs, 2 Apr. 2024 Dusk and dawn are the times relative to the sun’s daytime rotation. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 1 Apr. 2024 Just as the Zags possess intrinsic advantages over their peers with regard to resources, reputation and recruiting prowess, so have Arizona and UCLA been fundamentally better positioned for success on a yearly basis relative to all the fair-to-middlin’ basketball programs in the Pac-12. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 1 Apr. 2024 Industry odds and ends The Lown Institute last week came out with its latest report that puts hospitals on blast for having lower charity care spending relative to the value of their tax exemptions. Tara Bannow, STAT, 1 Apr. 2024 What is the role of board members and senior leaders relative to the employee experience? John M. Bremen, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Just over a quarter of managers (26%) report current use of generative AI, relative to nearly half (48%) currently using ML, and 44% using LLMs and NLP. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 27 Mar. 2024 TikTok boasts a significant amount of usage relative to other apps. Todd Spangler, Variety, 18 Mar. 2024 The cicada’s waste excretion method is so powerful that these noisy insects take the crown for producing the strongest stream of pee relative to their size of any animal that scientists studied. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Mar. 2024

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

relative to

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