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relate

[ri-leyt] /rɪˈleɪt/
verb (used with object), related, relating.
1.
to tell; give an account of (an event, circumstance, etc.).
2.
to bring into or establish association, connection, or relation:
to relate events to probable causes.
verb (used without object), related, relating.
3.
to have reference (often followed by to).
4.
to have some relation (often followed by to).
5.
to establish a social or sympathetic relationship with a person or thing:
two sisters unable to relate to each other.
Origin
1480-1490
1480-90; < Latin relātus, suppletive past participle of referre to carry back (see refer)
Related forms
relatability, noun
relatable, adjective
relater, noun
misrelate, verb, misrelated, misrelating.
prerelate, verb (used with object), prerelated, prerelating.
unrelating, adjective
Synonyms
1. narrate, delineate, detail, repeat. Relate, recite, recount, rehearse mean to tell, report, or describe in some detail an occurrence or circumstance. To relate is to give an account of happenings, events, circumstances, etc.: to relate one's adventures. To recite may mean to give details consecutively, but more often applies to the repetition from memory of something learned with verbal exactness: to recite a poem. To recount is usually to set forth consecutively the details of an occurrence, argument, experience, etc., to give an account in detail: to recount an unpleasant experience. Rehearse implies some formality and exactness in telling, sometimes with repeated performance as for practice before final delivery: to rehearse one's side of a story. 2. ally.
Antonyms
2. dissociate.
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Examples from the web for relate
  • Ensures compliance with federal and state laws as they relate to student finances.
  • Robots are being created that can think, act, and relate to humans.
  • Watching it made the neuroscientist in me reflect on what dreams are and how they relate to the brain.
  • Secondary definitions relate to the spread of cultural ideas or the process by which a new idea becomes accepted.
  • But it will also have a brand that is based on their staff and how they relate to customers.
  • Every returning spectator of the event is immediately surrounded to relate his observations.
  • When people are led to believe that an object possesses one gender or another, it changes how they relate to that object.
  • Equally important is whether the people relate well to them.
  • Think of a résumé as a compelling introduction of your experiences and skills as they relate to a particular career or job.
  • The bank has said that all the questionable transactions relate to the clients of a single investment adviser.
British Dictionary definitions for relate

relate

/rɪˈleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to tell or narrate (a story, information, etc)
2.
(often foll by to) to establish association (between two or more things) or (of something) to have relation or reference (to something else)
3.
(intransitive) often foll by to. to form a sympathetic or significant relationship (with other people, things, etc)
Derived Forms
relatable, adjective
relater, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin relātus brought back, from referre to carry back, from re- + ferre to bear; see refer
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Word Origin and History for relate
v.

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.

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