- 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 relating
Relating to your kids in the age of social media can be hard.Binge Watching is the New Bonding Time
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2014
For Karen Handel, just relating to David Perdue is hard enough work in itself.Tea Party Flops in Georgia Senate Race
May 19, 2014
Of the nearly ten million women who underwent the practice, around 10 percent died from relating complications.Corsets, Muslin Disease, and More of the Deadly Fashion Trends
The Fashion Beast Team
April 1, 2014
Relating to them or enjoying child-related activities is a battle I have no chance of winning.Why I Choose to Be Child-Free: Readers Share Their Stories
February 27, 2013
And it all happened by relating the different clocks in rocks and DNA.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time
January 6, 2013
He had been relating a thrilling adventure with a man-eating tiger.Weighed and Wanting
A most important ruling of the commission is that relating to the pass abuse.The Railroad Question
This was cruelty so marked that I could not refrain from relating it.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
They were like detached chapters of the story she had just been relating.The Fat and the Thin
As in the case of other laws, let us have a preamble, relating to all this class of crime.Laws
- (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 relating
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.