Other forms: related; relating; relates

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.

Definitions of relate
  1. verb
    give an account of
    “The witness related the events”
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    narrate, recite, recount, tell
    narrate or give a detailed account of
  2. verb
    make a logical or causal connection
    “I cannot relate these events at all”
    synonyms: associate, colligate, connect, link, link up, tie in
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    decouple, dissociate
    regard as unconnected
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    exercise, or have the power of, memory
    place into a mutual relationship
    bring into a mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relation
    conceive of as united or associated
    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
  3. verb
    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 to
    bring into intimate and incriminating connection
    fascinate, intrigue
    cause to be interested or curious
  4. verb
    be in a relationship with
    “How are these two observations related?”
    synonyms: interrelate
    place into a mutual relationship
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    make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
    act as a guardian to someone
    tie in
    be in connection with something relevant
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    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
    establish a rapport or relationship
    show a lack of respect for
    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)
    give pleasant proportions to
    bind or secure by a pledge
    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
    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
    become friends with
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    act together or towards others or with others




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