Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To narrate or tell. See Synonyms at describe.
  • transitive v. To bring into or link in logical or natural association. See Synonyms at join.
  • transitive v. To establish or demonstrate a connection between.
  • intransitive v. To have connection, relation, or reference: The symbols relate to an earlier system.
  • intransitive v. To have or establish a reciprocal relationship; interact: She doesn't relate well to her peers.
  • intransitive v. To react in response, especially favorably: I just can't relate to these new fashions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To tell in a descriptive way.
  • v. To give an association.
  • v. To make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that).
  • v. To have a connection.
  • v. To interact.
  • v. To respond through reaction.
  • v. To identify with, understand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To bring back; to restore.
  • transitive v. To refer; to ascribe, as to a source.
  • transitive v. To recount; to narrate; to tell over.
  • transitive v. To ally by connection or kindred.
  • intransitive v. To stand in some relation; to have bearing or concern; to pertain; to refer; -- with to.
  • intransitive v. To make reference; to take account.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Latin relātus, perfect passive participle of referō ("carry back; report"). (Wiktionary)

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