verb (related; relating) Etymology: Latin relatus (past participle of referre to carry back), from re- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to give an account of ; tell 2. to show or establish logical or causal connection between <
seeks to relate crime to poverty
intransitive verb 1. to apply or take effect retroactively — usually used with back <
the law relates back to the initial date of decision
2. to have relationship or connection <
the readings relate to his lectures
3. to have or establish a relationship ; interact <
the way a child relates to a teacher
4. to respond especially favorably <
can't relate to that kind of music
relatable adjectiverelater or relator noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • relate — I (establish a connection) verb affect, affiliate, ally, appertain to, apply, associate, bear upon, bracket, concern, connect, consociate, correlate, draw a parallel, filiate, group, have a bearing on, identify, integrate, interconnect,… …   Law dictionary

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