American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To narrate or tell. See Synonyms at describe.
- v. To bring into or link in logical or natural association. See Synonyms at join.
- v. To establish or demonstrate a connection between.
- v. To have connection, relation, or reference: The symbols relate to an earlier system.
- v. To have or establish a reciprocal relationship; interact: She doesn't relate well to her peers.
- v. To react in response, especially favorably: I just can't relate to these new fashions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring back; restore.
- To bring into relation; refer.
- To refer or ascribe as to a source or origin; connect with; assert a relation with.
- To tell; recite; narrate: as, to relate the story of Priam.
- To ally by connection or blood.
- Synonyms To recount, rehearse, report, detail, describe. See account, n.
- To have reference or respect; have regard; stand in some relation; have some understood position when considered in connection with something else.
- To make reference; take account.
- To have relation or connection.
- n. Anything considered as being in a relation to another thing; something considered as being the first term of a relation to another thing. Also relatum.
- v. transitive To tell in a descriptive way.
- v. transitive To give an association.
- v. transitive To make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that).
- v. intransitive To have a connection.
- v. intransitive To interact.
- v. intransitive To respond through reaction.
- v. intransitive To identify with, understand.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To bring back; to restore.
- v. Obs. or R. To refer; to ascribe, as to a source.
- v. To recount; to narrate; to tell over.
- v. To ally by connection or kindred.
- v. To stand in some relation; to have bearing or concern; to pertain; to refer; -- with
- v. R. & Obs. To make reference; to take account.
- v. give an account of
- v. be in a relationship with
- v. be relevant to
- v. have or establish a relationship to
- v. make a logical or causal connection
- From Latin relātus, perfect passive participle of referō ("carry back; report"). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French relater, from Old French, from Latin relātus, past participle of referre : re-, re- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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