- to tell; give an account of (an event, circumstance, etc.).
- to bring into or establish association, connection, or relation: to relate events to probable causes.
- to have reference (often followed by to).
- to have some relation (often followed by to).
- to establish a social or sympathetic relationship with a person or thing: two sisters unable to relate to each other.
Origin of relate
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Examples from the Web for relatability
Fees can range from £5,000 to £20,000, the attraction being the relatability she holds with her subscribers.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
This perfect persona Lopez has created has zapped her of much of her relatability, especially in her music.Jennifer Lopez’s ‘A.K.A.’ Is Terrible. What Happened to Her Music?
June 17, 2014
The study, which was conducted by Superdrug, found that Middleton's popularity stems from her relatability and natural look.Kate Middleton Named 2013's Top Beauty Icon; Marilyn Monroe's 'Seven Year Itch' Dress Is History's Most Iconic Film Costume
The Fashion Beast Team
January 2, 2014
- (tr) to tell or narrate (a story, information, etc)
- (often foll by to) to establish association (between two or more things) or (of something) to have relation or reference (to something else)
- (intr often foll by to) to form a sympathetic or significant relationship (with other people, things, etc)
Word Origin and History for relatability
1520s, "to recount, tell," from Middle French relater "refer, report" (14c.) and directly from Latin relatus, used as past participle of referre "bring back, bear back" (see refer), from re- "back, again" + latus (see oblate (n.)).
Meaning "stand in some relation; have reference or respect" is from 1640s; transitive sense of "bring (something) into relation with (something else)" is from 1690s. Meaning "to establish a relation between" is from 1771. Sense of "to feel connected or sympathetic to" is attested from 1950, originally in psychology jargon. Related: Related; relating.