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  1. re·late
    IPA[rəˈlāt]
  2. verb

    • 1. make 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
      Synonym : connect (with), associate (with), link (with), correlate (with), ally (with), couple (with), bracket (with), bring together, find/establish a connection between, find/establish a relationship between, find/establish a link between, find/establish an association between, find/establish a correspondence between
    • 2. be causally connected:

      high unemployment is related to high crime rates
    • 3. be connected by blood or marriage:

      he was related to my mother people who are related
    • 4. have reference to; concern:

      the new legislation related to corporate activities
      Synonym : 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, regard
    • 5. feel sympathy with; identify with:

      kids related to him because he was so anti-establishment
      Synonym : have a rapport 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, hit it off with
    • 6. give an account of (a sequence of events); narrate:

      various versions of the chilling story have been related by the locals
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: relate, 3rd person present: relates, gerund or present participle: relating, past tense: related, past participle: related

    • verb

      make or show a connection between:

      be causally connected:

    • adjective

      belonging to the same family, group, or type; connected:

      associated with the specified item or process, especially causally:

    • adjective

      belonging to the same family, group, or type; connected:

      associated with the specified item or process, especially causally:

    • adjective

      relating to race or ethnicity:
    • adjective

      associated with or caused by drugs, typically those obtained illegally:
    • adjective

      (especially of a medical problem) associated with or caused by stress or mental fatigue:
    • adjective

      associated with a job:
    • adjective

      (especially of a medical problem) associated with or caused by stress or mental fatigue:
    • adjective

      associated with a job:
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