Definition of relate in English:

relate

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make or show a connection between.

    ‘the study examines social change within the city and relates it to developments in the country as a whole’
    ‘a supercomputer could relate all those factors’
    • ‘The trick is maintaining the connection between singer and listener, relating the songs' private pain to an audience's.’
    • ‘It has been criticized as a checklist of linguistic topics without an internal dynamic connecting the parts, or relating them to educational processes.’
    • ‘The third strand of poverty research relates individual and structural factors.’
    • ‘In one sense modern medicine concurs in this association, by directly relating hyperventilation to a disturbed psychological state.’
    • ‘Even the Rastafarian character relates it to the Biblical Babylon city.’
    • ‘We do report limited evidence relating our personality factors to whether one is in a monogamous relationship or not.’
    connect, connect with, associate, associate with, link, link with, correlate, correlate with, ally, ally with, couple, couple with, bracket, bracket with
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    1. 1.1be related Be causally connected.
      ‘high unemployment is related to high crime rates’
      • ‘The study of how family structure affects youth outcomes is complicated by the fact that family structure may be correlated with poor outcomes for youth, but not be causally related.’
      • ‘As a result, this study cannot establish whether these factors are causally related.’
      • ‘That is, what is the difference between causally related and causally unrelated sequences?’
      • ‘He also holds that events that are causally related must be related under some strict law.’
      • ‘Diabetes, being overweight and having high blood pressure are related.’
      • ‘Neighbors believe the shootings were gang related.’
      • ‘Whether the persistent infection/colonization of these microbial organisms and the persistence of asthma are causally related remains to be answered.’
      • ‘In most cases, attention was drawn to those with prelaminar optic disc changes, assuming that the retrolaminar changes were causally related.’
      • ‘Firstly, let us ask whether the two deficits are related causally, rather than being a coincidence.’
      • ‘Although I am the subject of consciousness I am also, as a psychophysical being, in the world, related causally and otherwise to other items in the world.’
      • ‘We suggest that the DM in this patient was related causally to the IPT, possibly by the elaboration of a soluble factor that reacted with skin and muscle.’
      • ‘First, the belief that two events are causally related produces the belief that they covary.’
      • ‘The organisers feel that the match could be a beginning for making a political statement on the disease and the related stigma.’
      • ‘A high level of delinquency was also related to a high level of the sensation-seeking facet of extroversion, while neuroticism and delinquency were not related.’
      • ‘Specifically, whereas it was obviously essential for entry information to be related to individuals, information about employment trends need not be so related.’
      • ‘We acknowledge that the 2 entities are probably not causally related.’
      • ‘As time passes, it becomes difficult to eliminate the possibility that, even though the discomfort was not related to a blockage in the past it might currently be related.’
      • ‘Part of the claim related to the dissolution of his business and his claim that that was caused by his mental state following the diagnosis of asbestos related illness.’
      • ‘Although asthma and obesity may not be causally related, the high prevalence of obesity results in many asthmatic patients being obese.’
      • ‘Some of this may be related to their stage in the family life cycle which is age related as well as changes in disposable income.’
    2. 1.2be related Be connected by blood or marriage.
      ‘he was related to my mother’
      ‘people who are distantly related’
      • ‘The occupants are related through blood, marriage, and adoption.’
      • ‘The Logans and the Fishers were related by marriage.’
      • ‘Probably you should not be related, through blood or marriage, to your instructor.’
      • ‘I know I'm related by blood, and locality, but I don't quite remember him.’
      • ‘Many of their members are related by marriage and in Port Moresby they consider themselves to be members of the same community.’
      • ‘It doesn't matter that you're not related by blood.’
      • ‘The two men, who are related by marriage, were seriously wounded.’
      • ‘It never occurred to me that family should be related by blood or marriage, or that familial responsibility might extend only to the people to whom you are legally bound.’
      • ‘It can be seen that all these are related by blood.’
      • ‘We were closely related by blood: too closely, some might say.’
      • ‘In London, Stirling - related by marriage to a director of the East India Company - attracted investors and eventually won British government support for his plans.’
      • ‘Domestic violence is violence that occurs within the private sphere, generally between individuals who are related through intimacy, blood or law.’
      • ‘They were the husbands and sons of Sarah's neighbors, and in many cases were related by blood or marriage.’
      • ‘Other performers, not related by blood or marriage, had symbiotic or coincidental careers that linked them in the audience's mind.’
      • ‘The connection here is that Joe is related through marriage to former Celtic player Willie McStay, who of course also managed Sligo Rovers very successfully.’
      • ‘In addition, some definitions of family include members who may not be related by blood, marriage, or adoption.’
      • ‘Moreover, the Hunters were related through marriage to the Reidys of Brownstown and to the Barretts, successful trainers and jockeys respectively.’
      • ‘No less than eight of the members are related by blood or marriage to the blacksmith Lawlor family, Portarlington.’
      • ‘The notion of kin may be extended to those not related by blood or marriage with the tradition of naming godparents.’
      • ‘Aboriginal social organization is based on a set of obligations between individuals who are related by blood or marriage.’
      of the same family, kin, akin, kindred, of the same blood, with a common ancestor, with a common forebear, connected
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    3. 1.3relate tono object Have reference to; concern.
      ‘the new legislation related to corporate activities’
      • ‘As the judge pointed out, the case of Adams concerned a claim relating to dyslexia.’
      • ‘Part III of the draft bill relates to patients concerned in criminal proceedings.’
      • ‘The evidence, so far as cars were concerned, related to four out of the fifteen cars.’
      • ‘Others relate to the conduct and decisions of the publisher or journalist concerned.’
      • ‘The case concerned an Austrian rule relating to bakers, butchers and grocers.’
      • ‘Its principal concern relates to possible liability for pollution damage at some time in the future.’
      • ‘Financial management is concerned with the decisions taken by a firm which relate to cash flows.’
      • ‘Traffic congestion is a major concern directly related to the debate on efficient prices.’
      • ‘It came to a decision on five appeals, three of which concerned matters related to fairness and accuracy.’
      • ‘So far as the point in the Fourth Schedule is concerned, this relates to the terms of the contract, and I will deal with it later.’
      • ‘This utterance somehow relates to the all too concerned cinema audience as well.’
      • ‘Bringing up the rear in the terms of reference are various matters related to content.’
      • ‘This may relate to ease of access to hospital rather than lack of concern about follow up.’
      • ‘This, she said, would raise a number of issues relating to the trust's concerns.’
      • ‘Their second concern related to the opening hours that will apply to the restaurant.’
      • ‘Kelly said there were a number of issues relating to the development that concerned her.’
      • ‘She did so by reference to the law relating to the position of an agent who receives payment on behalf of his principal.’
      • ‘Another concern being raised relates to the instability of the rand exchange rate.’
      • ‘There are no issues that give concern relating to any of Jean's previous employment.’
      apply to, be relevant to, have relevance to, concern, refer to, have reference to, belong to, pertain to, be pertinent to, have to do with, bear on, have a bearing on, appertain to, affect, involve, cover, touch
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  • 2relate tono object Feel sympathy for or identify with.

    ‘kids related to him because he was so rebellious’
    • ‘They could understand me and I could understand them and we could both relate to each other.’
    • ‘He is not conventional and this I can relate to because I understand where he is coming from.’
    • ‘She understands both Maori and Pakeha ways of relating to each other and of doing business.’
    • ‘He must understand the broader imperatives of the business and relate to a range of people.’
    • ‘While maintaining discipline he should be able to relate to his kids and empathise with them.’
    • ‘There's nothing in the story that a child can actually relate to and identify with.’
    • ‘I feel a real empathy for people who are sad, and so I relate to characters who are unhappy and dark.’
    • ‘I think the maturity the show needs is beginning to be developed as we begin to empathise and relate to the characters more.’
    • ‘This film is not a picture we are meant to relate to, or follow comfortably from the depths of our seats.’
    • ‘We understand and relate to sending letters, visiting relatives, journeys from our hometown.’
    • ‘Such reveries are meant to support Joe's contention that he has less trouble relating to men than he does women.’
    • ‘The children will benefit considerably, and it will help the parents find a more relaxed way of relating to them.’
    • ‘Jamal avoids the ghetto rap cool dude attitude and Brown relates to that, comfortable in low-key.’
    • ‘Individuals relate to one another in terms of these common traits which identify them as members of a given society.’
    have a rapport with, get on with, get on well with, respond to, sympathize with, feel sympathy with, feel for, identify with, empathize with, connect with, understand, speak the same language as, be in tune with, be on the same wavelength as
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  • 3Give an account of; narrate.

    ‘various versions of the story have been related by the locals’
    • ‘Even at the end, the reader is not told what their relationship is or why Sophie should be relating this story to the narrator at all.’
    • ‘Rodriguez's father related this story repeatedly to his daughter ‘almost back to the time she was christened’.’
    • ‘By answer, he related a colorful story describing his group's original, joint staking of the claims and then waiting for the train to Cobalt to record them.’
    • ‘Other students related similar accounts of having witnessed bullying or having been bullied by college teachers.’
    • ‘In modern language, this account relates how Mohammed's vision of the Archangel waned and disappeared.’
    • ‘Black does not tell us this story, which is related in newspaper accounts at the time.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the tour, Jahedi related a story in which a particularly uninterested group of senior citizens suddenly perked up as she was finishing a tour.’
    • ‘The report relates D.'s account to Dr Friedman of his personal history and gives his account of details of sexual abuse of him.’
    • ‘Not unexpectedly, his newspaper relates a somewhat different account of events.’
    • ‘The process of relating a narrative is always interactive.’
    • ‘You can hear her below relating her story to reporter Tim Noonan with some help from Benjamin and his dad.’
    • ‘This substantial collection of 105 pages of poems is not related as a narrative, but as a variety of incidents from different lives.’
    • ‘The presenter began by relating a story from a recent graduate.’
    • ‘In the early 1980s, Richard and Nancy Ruggles prepared a set of accounts that related the income and product flows to balance sheets.’
    • ‘Barry Feely will present this evening and relate stories of Boyle and its characters.’
    • ‘It is set in 1950's Chicago, and the story is related by narrator Wils Ravan as he recalls being nineteen on the North Shore, and his summer job as a copy boy for a downtown paper.’
    • ‘Attestations of his uncanny powers as well as arguments that question them are found in a report of a narrative related by a man named Bartley Coen.’
    • ‘I then said that no one I knew could serve as a better example of martyrdom than Joan of Arc, before relating a short account of her life for the rest of the essay.’
    • ‘She related an account to him of being sexually assaulted at the family residence by her cousin.’
    • ‘The following war story related by a participant seems to favor dissolving the corporation instead of letting it die.’
    tell, recount, narrate, give an account of, describe
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Origin

Mid 16th century: from Latin relat- ‘brought back’, from the verb referre (see refer).

Pronunciation

relate

/rɪˈleɪt/