relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Definition of relate

transitive verb

1 : to give an account of : tell
2 : to show or establish logical or causal connection between seeks to relate crime to poverty

intransitive verb

1 : to apply or take effect retroactively usually used with back the law relates back to the initial date of decision
2 : to have relationship or connection the readings relate to his lectures
3 : to have or establish a relationship : interact the way a child relates to a teacher
4a : to respond especially favorably can't relate to that kind of music
b : to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something Those who have experienced the same hardship can relate. characters the reader can easily relate to

Other Words from relate

relater or relator \ ri-​ˈlā-​tər How to pronounce relate (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for relate

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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

Examples of relate in a Sentence

You must be feeling awful. I went through something similar myself last year, so I can relate. We listened eagerly as she related the whole exciting story.
Recent Examples on the Web Is that something either of you could relate to in your own lives? Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 Moreover, just about anyone can relate to the story of a mother trying to save her son. Adrienne Gibbs, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Jets coach Robert Saleh can relate to what Arians is dealing with after missing the game against Jacksonville while recovering from COVID-19. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 2 Jan. 2022 Though Coryell’s public persona was that of a mad football scientist and Madden became known as the NFL guru who could relate to anyone, Madden said Coryell taught him humility and how to see the big picture in human relations. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Dec. 2021 Nat Borchers can relate to what Valeri is going through. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 Anyone that had the opportunity to spend time outdoors on Tuesday can completely relate to his correlation. courant.com, 10 Nov. 2021 When Henson asks how Woods, 24, helped him through the death of his mother, Towns says his girlfriend could relate to the grief of losing a parent. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 Malley sought to find a Mexican player that fans could relate to. Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of relate

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for relate

Latin relatus (past participle of referre to carry back), from re- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

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The first known use of relate was in the 15th century

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relate back to

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15 Jan 2022

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“Relate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relate. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for relate

relate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of relate

: to show or make a connection between (two or more things)
: to understand and like or have sympathy for someone or something
: to tell (something, such as a story)

relate

verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Kids Definition of relate

1 : to give an account of : narrate Each time he … cawed several times as if he were relating his adventures …— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
2 : to show or have a relationship to or between : connect The events are related. The lesson relates to history.

relate

intransitive verb
re·​late | \ ri-ˈlāt How to pronounce relate (audio) \
related; relating

Medical Definition of relate

: to have meaningful social relationships : interact realistically an inability to relate emotionally to others— Willow Lawson

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