• (America, RP) IPA: /ɹɪˈleɪt/, /ɹiˈleɪt/

relate (relates, present participle relating; past and past participle related)

  1. (transitive) To tell in a descriptive way.
    The captain related an old yarn.
    Please relate the circumstances of your journey here today.
  2. (transitive) To bring into a relation, association, or connection (between one thing and another).
    • 2002, Paul Light, Karen Littleton, Learning with Computers: Analysing Productive Interactions (page 92)
      The use of video made it possible to relate the talk to the answers given to particular problems in the test. With this research design it was possible to relate changes in test score measures to changes in linguistic features […]
  3. (intransitive) To have a connection.
    The patterns on the screen relate to the pitch and volume of the music being played.
  4. (intransitive) To interact.
  5. (intransitive) To respond through reaction.
  6. (intransitive, with to) To identify with; to understand.
    I find it difficult to relate to others because I'm extremely introverted.
  7. (obsolete) To bring back; to restore.
    • Abate your zealous haste, till morrow next again / Both light of heaven and strength of men relate.
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