- 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 relater
In this Miss Chudleigh anticipated him by being the first relater of the circumstance.Historic Oddities
His end was unknown to the relater of the anecdote, but 'ten to one,' it was ruin.The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims
It is a trouble to me to be the relater of the bad news; but so it is—The lady is gone off!Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)
Whatever credit is due to Geoffrey as a relater of facts, he is certainly as good authority as any for the signification of words.
Mr. Colin Lupton certainly felt more on hearing this story than he expressed in words to the relater of it.Colin Clink, Volume III (of III)
- (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 relater
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.