[ in-ter-ri-ley-tid ]
/ ˌɪn tər rɪˈleɪ tɪd /
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reciprocally or mutually related: an interrelated series of experiments.



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Origin of interrelated

First recorded in 1820–30; inter- + related

OTHER WORDS FROM interrelated

in·ter·re·lat·ed·ly, adverbin·ter·re·lat·ed·ness, noun
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What does interrelated mean?

Interrelated is used to describe two or more things that are closely connected to each other and may affect each other.

Interrelated is 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 are interrelated. Describing two things as being interrelated 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 interrelated 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. Interrelated things can impact each other or work together to affect something else.

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

The verb interrelate means to be connected in an interrelated way or cause things to become connected in this way.

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

Where does interrelated come from?

The first records of the word interrelated come from the 1820s. It is made from the prefix inter-, meaning “between” or “reciprocally,” and related, a word used to describe things that are associated or connected with each other. If things are interrelated, they are closely related to each other in some way.

The adverb form of interrelated is interrelatedly, as in Scientists suspect that these parts function interrelatedly. 

Interrelatedness is a noun form of interrelated that’s used to refer to the quality or state of being interrelated, as in The interrelatedness of these factors makes it hard to evaluate each one independently.

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What are some other forms related to interrelated?

  • interrelatedly (adverb)
  • interrelatedness (noun)
  • interrelate (verb)

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How is interrelated used in real life?

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



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Is interrelated used correctly in the following sentence?

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

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