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relate Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb make a logical or causal connection
    tie in; associate; colligate; link; connect; link up.
    • I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind
    • colligate these facts
    • I cannot relate these events at all
  2. verb be relevant to
    touch on; pertain; have-to doe with; bear on; touch; come to; refer; concern.
    • There were lots of questions referring to her talk
    • My remark pertained to your earlier comments
  3. verb give an account of
    • The witness related the events
  4. verb be in a relationship with
    • How are these two observations related?
  5. verb have or establish a relationship to
    • She relates well to her peers

Re*late" transitive verb
F. relater to recount, LL. relatare, fr. L. relatus, used as p. p. of referre. See Elate, and cf. Refer.
imperfect & past participle Related; present participle & verbal noun Relating
  1. To bring back; to restore. Obs.
    Abate your zealous haste, till morrow next again Both light of heaven and strength of men relate. Spenser.
  2. To refer; to ascribe, as to a source. Obs. or R.
  3. To recount; to narrate; to tell over.
    This heavy act with heavy heart relate. Shak.
  4. To ally by connection or kindred. Syn. -- To tell; recite; narrate; recount; rehearse; report; detail; describe.
Re*late" intransitive verb
  1. To stand in some relation; to have bearing or concern; to pertain; to refer; -- with to.
    All negative or privative words relate positive ideas. Locke.
  2. To make reference; to take account. R.& Obs.
    Reckoning by the years of their own consecration without relating to any imperial account. Fuller.

Webster 1913

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