[ in-ter-ri-leyt ]
/ ˌɪn tər rɪˈleɪt /
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verb (used with or without object), in·ter·re·lat·ed, in·ter·re·lat·ing.
to bring or enter into reciprocal relation.
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Origin of interrelate

First recorded in 1885–90; back formation from interrelated
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What does interrelate mean?

When things interrelate, they are closely connected to each other and may affect each other.

Such things can be described with the adjective interrelated. Interrelate can also mean to cause things to become connected in this way.

Interrelate and interrelated are used in situations in which two or more elements strongly influence each other or are closely linked to each other. For example, a study on unemployment and crime in a particular area may conclude that they interrelate. Saying that two things interrelate does not necessarily mean that one causes the other or that they cause each other (though in some cases this may be true).

The word interrelate is typically used in the discussion of complex topics, such as economics, science, and politics. These often involve situations in which multiple things are happening at the same time. Things that interrelate can impact each other or work together to affect something else.

For example, the economy is affected by many factors that interrelate, such as employment, interest rates, and inflation. These and many other factors interrelate to determine the overall state of the economy.

Example: The strength of the hurricane depends on how several factors interrelate, including temperature and air pressure.

Where does interrelate come from?

The first records of the word interrelate come from the 1880s. (The adjective interrelated is recorded earlier, in the 1820s.) Interrelate is made from the prefix inter, meaning “between” or “reciprocally,” and relate, meaning “to be associated or connected.”

Interrelate usually implies a more complex relationship than relate. When things relate to each other, they are connected in some way. But when they are said to interrelate, this usually means that the connections are complicated and perhaps not fully understood. When things interrelate, they form an interrelation or interrelationship.

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How is interrelate used in real life?

Interrelate is used in complicated situations in which multiple factors are working together or affecting each other.



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She argued that the issues of hunger and poverty always interrelate: You couldn’t have one without the other.

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British Dictionary definitions for interrelate

/ (ˌɪntərɪˈleɪt) /

to place in or come into a mutual or reciprocal relationship

Derived forms of interrelate

interrelation, nouninterrelationship, noun
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