Definition of relevant in English:



  • 1Closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered.

    ‘what small companies need is relevant advice’
    ‘the candidate's experience is relevant to the job’
    • ‘That is a relevant matter in considering whether or not the children had settled.’
    • ‘So I wanted the council to know what had happened to me because I thought it was relevant.’
    • ‘Did the Minister leave relevant matter out of account in deciding to make the Order?’
    • ‘To make it even more relevant, audience members will have the chance to participate.’
    • ‘The rules, however, are only relevant to the way the safety camera scheme is funded.’
    • ‘It must be a matter for the defence to decide on what is relevant to the case it has to meet.’
    • ‘I wrote to the manager of the relevant trust asking if funds were available for the work.’
    • ‘In some cases, it takes up to two hours for council officials to access the relevant web page.’
    • ‘You must therefore plan carefully to make sure you are covering relevant material.’
    • ‘This is partly because this matter may go further and there are relevant facts to be found.’
    • ‘The next option is to attempt to rebrand himself as a culturally relevant force.’
    • ‘If there is a failure to disclose all the relevant matters, amendment will be refused.’
    • ‘It has been passed on to the relevant higher authorities who are treating it very seriously.’
    • ‘To achieve this it has had to make sure that all relevant facts are carefully considered.’
    • ‘If not, please call me and explain and then maybe I can contact the relevant people.’
    • ‘This is partly based on grounds of public safety on the advice of the relevant authorities.’
    • ‘They in turn would identify the relevant vehicle and stop it at a safe place in order to speak to the driver.’
    • ‘How is the long, varied story of the town on the moors relevant to its modern inhabitants?’
    • ‘Those involved were people who worked closely with her during the relevant period.’
    • ‘We must keep it going long-term and make it relevant to people here and over there.’
    pertinent, applicable, apposite, material, apropos, to the point, to the purpose, germane, admissible
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    1. 1.1 Appropriate to the current time, period, or circumstances; of contemporary interest.
      ‘critics may find themselves unable to stay relevant in a changing world’
      ‘her films are relevant for feminists today’
      • ‘After breaking into the spotlight over 30 years ago, Neil Young has the distinction of still remaining relevant.’
      • ‘The issues discussed are topical and relevant.’
      • ‘The play is set in the 1970s, but almost 30 years later this story of society's need for scapegoats remains disturbingly relevant.’
      • ‘I just like to make records that I believe are conscious or socially relevant.’
      • ‘This reliance on contemporary artists is an important part of Tate Britain's strategy for staying relevant.’
      • ‘One of the aims is to make Shakespeare relevant to a modern day audience.’
      • ‘The challenge was to make the classic relevant for today.’
      • ‘We have to continue to ensure our conference stays relevant to today's teaching issues.’
      • ‘Like the novel itself, the film still feels as relevant and potent as ever.’
      • ‘The original Rollerball is even more relevant for today, and a remake examining the dark side of current x-treme sports/reality tv/passive consumer culture would make for great viewing.’


Early 16th century (as a Scots legal term meaning ‘legally pertinent’): from medieval Latin relevant- ‘raising up’, from Latin relevare.