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.
- re·lat·a·ble, adjective
- re·lat·er, noun
- mis·re·late, verb, mis·re·lat·ed, mis·re·lat·ing.
- pre·re·late, verb (used with object), pre·re·lat·ed, pre·re·lat·ing.
- un·re·lat·ing, adjective
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How to use relate in a sentence
This word can be used to describe something related to chemicals or chemistry.
They are going to try to find out who did it, they wrote, but they pulled down all the parts of the story related to Gloria.
Google, Facebook, and Twitter will be under increased pressure to control election-related misinformation, which the three have historically struggled to police.How Google, Facebook, and Twitter plan to handle misinformation surrounding 2020 presidential election results | Danielle Abril | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
In a sense help with understanding if the fact check is related to the main topic of stories.Google now uses BERT to match stories with fact checks | Barry Schwartz | September 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Users typically have more than one question, and those questions are usually related to whatever stage they’re currently at in their buyer’s journey.How content consolidation can help boost your rankings | George Nguyen | September 10, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Unsurprisingly many of the prized lots relate to the Second World War.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block | Tom Teodorczuk | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I am not remotely embarrassed to relate he weighed just 9lb.
That the song has become so indelible is likely owed to the fact that we can all sort of relate.‘My Crazy Love’ Reveals the Craziest Lies People Tell for Love | Kevin Fallon | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The most important signals in the new cabinet thus far relate to the Kurds.The New Iraq War Could Be Won or Lost This Month by Baghdad Politics | Bartle Bull | October 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We were drawn to music from the outside, so we are able to relate to the outside world.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers | Emily Shire | September 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this depraved state of mind he arrived at Perpignan, where that befell him which I am about to relate.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
I have dared to relate this to your Majesty because of my zeal as a loyal vassal, and as one who looks at things dispassionately.
The tall policeman was an artist at the work; but it nearly brought him to a tragic end, as I will relate.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
So that (wonderful to relate) they had no sickness, although there was sufficient cause for it in the privations they suffered.
This did not relate to the boilers; Trevithick unfortunately did not take out a patent for that improvement.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
British Dictionary definitions for relate
(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)
- relatable, adjective
- relater, noun
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