At the family reunion, I saw relatives I haven't seen in years.
He inherited a small piece of land from a distant relative.
The donkey is a relative of the horse. Adjective
the relative value of two houses
the relative positions of the islands
We discussed the relative merits of each school.
“Who,” “whom,” “whose,” “which,” and “that” are all relative pronouns.
The phrase “that won” in “the book that won” is a relative clause. See More
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Their daughter, now an adult living in Canada, was just 6 when Mr. Pokhrel died, said the relative, Mr. Regmi.—Mujib Mashal, New York Times, 16 Jan. 2023 The sheriff revealed that Renner had been using his snowplow to pull his car — which was being driven by a relative — out of the snow.—Christi Carrasstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2023 Its closest relative, a fellow podocarp—a family of southern conifers—occurs in New Zealand.—Jared Farmer, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Jan. 2023 The sporty puffer jacket now has a stylish relative—the padded coat.—Madeline Fass, Vogue, 20 Dec. 2022 At least 17 members of one family were among those killed when a fire tore through a top-floor apartment in the Gaza Strip during a birthday party, a relative said Friday.—Fatima Shbair, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 One relative, speaking on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, said Pelado’s ambitions were larger.—Terrence Mccoy, Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2022 Franklin, who also was in the care of DCFS, was looking forward to her senior year at Curie High School and was anxiously awaiting the prom, a relative said from Florida, where family members were spending the Fourth of July holiday.—Dan Petrella, Chicago Tribune, 3 July 2022 Gea Sierdsma, a distant Dutch relative of Santos who has researched the family's genealogy, and professional genealogist Megan Smolenyak both found no evidence of Jewish or Ukrainian roots in the Santos family tree.—Peter Weber, The Week, 6 Jan. 2023
In recent history alone, teams such as Auburn in 2010 and Oklahoma in 2000 have come out of relative obscurity to score shocking championships.—Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2023 Ascend Agency has built a powerful reputation around taking brands from relative obscurity to profitable visibility.—Billboard Staff, Billboard, 9 Jan. 2023 Vermeer died in debt and relative obscurity in 1675 at age 43.—Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Jan. 2023 This show argues that her relative obscurity, despite her many cultural contributions, may be a result of blacklisting by radio stations and industry executives.—Laura Jane Standley, The Atlantic, 30 Dec. 2022 Bonnie Baxter — The Westminster College biologist and director of the Great Salt Lake Institute worked in relative obscurity until the famous body of water became infamous.—Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Dec. 2022 That Duggan emerged from relative obscurity – how many Heisman finalists don’t begin the season as a starter? – is a significant achievement.—Dallas News, 9 Dec. 2022 Raducanu was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire following her historic exploits on the court, rising from relative obscurity to win the US Open in 2021 without dropping a set in the entire tournament.—Max Foster, CNN, 2 Dec. 2022 Alabama rode that mentality from relative obscurity to within two wins of would be, perhaps the most improbable national title in recent memory.—Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 2 Dec. 2022 See More
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