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relate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of relate

  1. 1 to form a close personal relationship she and I relate so well it's almost like we're siblings Synonyms of relate bond, click, communeWords Related to relate befriend; empathize, identify, sympathize

  2. 2 to give an oral or written account of in some detail we asked our uncle to relate the story of his visit to communist Russia many years ago Synonyms of relate chart, chronicle, describe, narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, tell, reportWords Related to relate deliver, give, reel off, state, utter, voice; detail, enumerate, itemize, particularize; bare, disclose, divulge, expose, let on (about), reveal; delineate, depict, express, render, sketch

  3. 3 to have a relation or connection how does your comment relate to what the rest of us have been talking about for the last hour? Synonyms of relate appertain, bear, pertain, refer, applyWords Related to relate affect, concern, interest, involve, touch; associate, connect, couple, interrelate, link, tie in; deal (with), treat

  4. 4 to think of (something) in combination most Americans probably relate tea to the United Kingdom and coffee to the U.S. Synonyms of relate connect, correlate, identify, link, associateWords Related to relate compare, equate, liken; group, join, lump (together), tie (together)Near Antonyms of relate contrast, differentiate, discriminate, distinguish, separate, set off

Synonym Discussion of relate

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

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