- 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 relatable
There's a huge difference between portraying these young women as relatable and making them seem unremarkable.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
Instead, Ernst is seen as a “likable, relatable person” who is cut “from the cloth of small-town Iowa.”The Bruce Braley-Joni Ernst Race Is Iowa’s Ugliest Senate Campaign Ever
July 22, 2014
Her stories, aside from being laugh-out-loud hysterical, are relatable.Actress Jenny Mollen Talks Hiring Prostitutes for Husband Jason Biggs and Embracing Her Crazy
June 30, 2014
Bancroft thought that the action would make Pumbaa more “human and relatable.”‘The Lion King’ Turns 20: Every Crazy, Weird Fact About the Disney Classic
June 24, 2014
The Daily Beast talks with costume designer Jenn Rogien on dressing the most relatable girls on television.'Girls' Costume Designer Jenn Rogien Talks Season 3 Style
January 12, 2014
She must be told of the beauties and dimensions of Stornham, all relatable details of Rosy's life must be generously dwelt on.The Shuttle
Frances Hodgson Burnett
- (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 relatable
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.