relate

The verb relate means "to make a connection." If you can relate to someone's story, something like that has happened to you.

Relate also means "to give an account of something verbally," like relating details of your trip to Sweden. That meaning of relate comes from the Latin word relatus, meaning "to recount, tell." If you talk about the federal budget crisis, people might not be interested until you relate it, meaning "explain the relationship between," to the possible job cuts at your local schools and police departments.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: relate

1
v
give an account of
2
v
make a logical or causal connection
3
v
be in a relationship with
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: relate
1

v give an account of

“The witness related the events”
Type of:
narrate, recite, recount, tell
narrate or give a detailed account of
2

v make a logical or causal connection

“I cannot relate these events at all”
Synonyms:
associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, tie in
Antonyms:
decouple, dissociate
regard as unconnected
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remember
exercise, or have the power of, memory
interrelate
place into a mutual relationship
correlate
bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
identify
conceive of as united or associated
free-associate
associate freely
have in mind, mean, think of
intend to refer to
advert, bring up, cite, mention, name, refer
make reference to
Type of:
cerebrate, cogitate, think
use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

v be relevant to

Synonyms:
bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, touch, touch on
advert, allude, touch
make a more or less disguised reference to
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center, center on, concentrate on, focus on, revolve about, revolve around
center upon
apply, go for, hold
be pertinent or relevant or applicable
affect, involve, regard
connect closely and often incriminatingly
interest, matter to
be of importance or consequence
implicate
bring into intimate and incriminating connection
fascinate, intrigue
cause to be interested or curious
3

v be in a relationship with

“How are these two observations related?”
Synonyms:
interrelate
interrelate
place into a mutual relationship
Types:
predicate
make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
tutor
act as a guardian to someone
tie in
be in connection with something relevant
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v have or establish a relationship to

“She relates well to her peers”
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harmonise, harmonize
bring (several things) into consonance or relate harmoniously
bind, hold, obligate, oblige
bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
connect
establish a rapport or relationship
disrespect
show a lack of respect for
mesh
work together in harmony
take back
resume a relationship with someone after an interruption, as in a wife taking back her husband
get along, get along with, get on, get on with
have smooth relations
attach, bind, bond, tie
create social or emotional ties
accommodate, conciliate, reconcile
make (one thing) compatible with (another)
proportion
give pleasant proportions to
pledge
bind or secure by a pledge
article
bind by a contract; especially for a training period
indent, indenture
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
tie down
restrain from independence by an obligation
fixate
attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
breach, break, go against, infract, offend, transgress, violate
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
befriend
become friends with
Type of:
interact
act together or towards others or with others
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