Relate Re*late" (r?-l?t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Related}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Relating}.] [F. relater to recount, LL. relatare, fr. L. relatus, used as p. p. of referre. See {Elate}, and cf. {Refer}.] 1. To bring back; to restore. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Abate your zealous haste, till morrow next again Both light of heaven and strength of men relate. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. To refer; to ascribe, as to a source. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster]

3. To recount; to narrate; to tell over. [1913 Webster]

This heavy act with heavy heart relate. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To ally by connection or kindred. [1913 Webster]

{To relate one's self}, to vent thoughts in words. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Syn: To tell; recite; narrate; recount; rehearse; report; detail; describe. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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