Definition of relate in English:



  • 1Make or show a connection between.

    ‘the study examines social change within the city and relates it to wider developments in the country as a whole’
    • ‘We do report limited evidence relating our personality factors to whether one is in a monogamous relationship or not.’
    • ‘Even the Rastafarian character relates it to the Biblical Babylon city.’
    • ‘In one sense modern medicine concurs in this association, by directly relating hyperventilation to a disturbed psychological state.’
    • ‘The third strand of poverty research relates individual and structural 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.’
  • 2Be causally connected.

    ‘high unemployment is related to high crime rates’
    • ‘Whether the persistent infection/colonization of these microbial organisms and the persistence of asthma are causally related remains to be answered.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Firstly, let us ask whether the two deficits are related causally, rather than being a coincidence.’
    • ‘In most cases, attention was drawn to those with prelaminar optic disc changes, assuming that the retrolaminar changes were causally related.’
    • ‘Specifically, whereas it was obviously essential for entry information to be related to individuals, information about employment trends need not be so related.’
    • ‘He also holds that events that are causally related must be related under some strict law.’
    • ‘That is, what is the difference between causally related and causally unrelated sequences?’
    • ‘Neighbors believe the shootings were gang related.’
    • ‘First, the belief that two events are causally related produces the belief that they covary.’
    • ‘Although asthma and obesity may not be causally related, the high prevalence of obesity results in many asthmatic patients being obese.’
    • ‘As a result, this study cannot establish whether these factors are causally 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.’
    • ‘Diabetes, being overweight and having high blood pressure are related.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We acknowledge that the 2 entities are probably not causally related.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The organisers feel that the match could be a beginning for making a political statement on the disease and the related stigma.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3Be connected by blood or marriage.

    ‘he was related to my mother’
    ‘people who are related’
    • ‘Probably you should not be related, through blood or marriage, to your instructor.’
    • ‘No less than eight of the members are related by blood or marriage to the blacksmith Lawlor family, Portarlington.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The occupants are related through blood, marriage, and adoption.’
    • ‘It can be seen that all these are related by blood.’
    • ‘I know I'm related by blood, and locality, but I don't quite remember him.’
    • ‘The two men, who are related by marriage, were seriously wounded.’
    • ‘The Logans and the Fishers were related by marriage.’
    • ‘Many of their members are related by marriage and in Port Moresby they consider themselves to be members of the same community.’
    • ‘Moreover, the Hunters were related through marriage to the Reidys of Brownstown and to the Barretts, successful trainers and jockeys respectively.’
    • ‘The notion of kin may be extended to those not related by blood or marriage with the tradition of naming godparents.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter that you're not related by blood.’
    • ‘We were closely related by blood: too closely, some might say.’
    • ‘Domestic violence is violence that occurs within the private sphere, generally between individuals who are related through intimacy, blood or law.’
    • ‘In addition, some definitions of family include members who may not be related by blood, marriage, or adoption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aboriginal social organization is based on a set of obligations between individuals who are related by blood or marriage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    of the same family, kin, akin, kindred, of the same blood, with a common ancestor, with a common forebear, connected
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    1. 3.1[no object]Have reference to; concern.
      ‘the new legislation related to corporate activities’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Financial management is concerned with the decisions taken by a firm which relate to cash flows.’
      • ‘Kelly said there were a number of issues relating to the development that concerned her.’
      • ‘As the judge pointed out, the case of Adams concerned a claim relating to dyslexia.’
      • ‘There are no issues that give concern relating to any of Jean's previous employment.’
      • ‘It came to a decision on five appeals, three of which concerned matters related to fairness and accuracy.’
      • ‘Their second concern related to the opening hours that will apply to the restaurant.’
      • ‘Part III of the draft bill relates to patients concerned in criminal proceedings.’
      • ‘This utterance somehow relates to the all too concerned cinema audience as well.’
      • ‘She did so by reference to the law relating to the position of an agent who receives payment on behalf of his principal.’
      • ‘This, she said, would raise a number of issues relating to the trust's concerns.’
      • ‘The case concerned an Austrian rule relating to bakers, butchers and grocers.’
      • ‘Bringing up the rear in the terms of reference are various matters related to content.’
      • ‘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 may relate to ease of access to hospital rather than lack of concern about follow up.’
      • ‘Traffic congestion is a major concern directly related to the debate on efficient prices.’
      • ‘Its principal concern relates to possible liability for pollution damage at some time in the future.’
      • ‘Another concern being raised relates to the instability of the rand exchange rate.’
      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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  • 4[no object] Feel sympathy with; identify with.

    ‘kids related to him because he was so anti-establishment’
    • ‘We understand and relate to sending letters, visiting relatives, journeys from our hometown.’
    • ‘She understands both Maori and Pakeha ways of relating to each other and of doing business.’
    • ‘I think the maturity the show needs is beginning to be developed as we begin to empathise and relate to the characters more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This film is not a picture we are meant to relate to, or follow comfortably from the depths of our seats.’
    • ‘They could understand me and I could understand them and we could both relate to each other.’
    • ‘I feel a real empathy for people who are sad, and so I relate to characters who are unhappy and dark.’
    • ‘There's nothing in the story that a child can actually relate to and identify with.’
    • ‘He is not conventional and this I can relate to because I understand where he is coming from.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children will benefit considerably, and it will help the parents find a more relaxed way of relating to them.’
    • ‘Such reveries are meant to support Joe's contention that he has less trouble relating to men than he does women.’
    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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  • 5Give an account of (a sequence of events); narrate.

    ‘various versions of the chilling story have been related by the locals’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The process of relating a narrative is always interactive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In modern language, this account relates how Mohammed's vision of the Archangel waned and disappeared.’
    • ‘Rodriguez's father related this story repeatedly to his daughter ‘almost back to the time she was christened’.’
    • ‘The following war story related by a participant seems to favor dissolving the corporation instead of letting it die.’
    • ‘This substantial collection of 105 pages of poems is not related as a narrative, but as a variety of incidents from different lives.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The report relates D.'s account to Dr Friedman of his personal history and gives his account of details of sexual abuse of him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She related an account to him of being sexually assaulted at the family residence by her cousin.’
    • ‘You can hear her below relating her story to reporter Tim Noonan with some help from Benjamin and his dad.’
    • ‘The presenter began by relating a story from a recent graduate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the early 1980s, Richard and Nancy Ruggles prepared a set of accounts that related the income and product flows to balance sheets.’
    • ‘Other students related similar accounts of having witnessed bullying or having been bullied by college teachers.’
    • ‘Barry Feely will present this evening and relate stories of Boyle and its characters.’
    • ‘Not unexpectedly, his newspaper relates a somewhat different account of events.’
    • ‘Black does not tell us this story, which is related in newspaper accounts at the time.’
    tell, recount, narrate, give an account of, describe
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Mid 16th century: from Latin relat- brought back from the verb referre (see refer).