re·​lat·​ed | \ ri-ˈlā-təd How to pronounce related (audio) \

Definition of related

1 : connected by reason of an established or discoverable relation
2 : connected by common ancestry or sometimes by marriage
3 : having close harmonic connection used of tones, chords, or tonalities

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relatedly adverb
relatedness noun

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Examples of related in a Sentence

ancient history and other related subjects I just found out that my best friend and I are related through distant cousins. Horses and donkeys are related. The words “play” and “playful” are related.
Recent Examples on the Web But studies by Deloitte show that industry profits from drug development, excluding Covid-19 related assets, were a paltry 3.2% in 2021, far below a level that would justify the cost and risk of pursuing new medicines. Standish Fleming, STAT, 7 Aug. 2022 The ruling on the inflation price penalty suggests the Senate official is likely to strike the cap in the private market as not closely related to the federal budget. Alexander Ruoff,, 6 Aug. 2022 On a related note, there are many good, free photo-editing tools, but Gimp might be the most robust, thanks to its powerful editing features, digital retouching, multiple file support and customizable interface options. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 6 Aug. 2022 In the Fourth Circuit, as in most federal courts, cases are initially assigned randomly, but related litigation is often given to the judges who have become familiar with the facts and legal issues involved. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Under the July 22 deal brokered by the United Nations and Turkey, which Russia and Ukraine have signed off on, ships are allowed to leave the ports of Odesa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny with grain, corn and related food. Greg Norman, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2022 The overwhelming scientific consensus is that Covid originated in a similar way to related diseases such as SARS, which jumped from bats to humans via an intermediate animal. Wired, 5 Aug. 2022 Individual investors need to be careful to not get burned in a related trade. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 With concerns about the economy, several financially related product categories reported notable year-over-year increases in TV ad impressions these include; investment services (including crypto), banking and payments and credit cards. Brad Adgate, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of related

1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of related was in 1623

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8 Aug 2022

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re·​lat·​ed | \ ri-ˈlā-təd \

Kids Definition of related

1 : sharing some connection painting and the related arts
2 : connected by common ancestry or by marriage We call her "auntie," but we're not actually related.
3 : connected by a usually distant common ancestor and typically sharing similar characteristics Horses and zebras are related.

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