from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Being connected; associated.
  • adjective Connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage.
  • adjective Music Having a close harmonic connection.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Recited; narrated.
  • Allied by kindred; connected by blood or alliance, particularly by consanguinity: as, a person related in the first or second degree.
  • Standing in some relation or connection: as, the arts of painting and sculpture are closely related.
  • In music:
  • Of tones, belonging to a melodic or harmonic series, so as to be susceptible of close connection.
  • Of chords and tonalities, same as relative.
  • noun Same as relate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • past participle Allied by kindred; connected by blood or alliance, particularly by consanguinity.
  • past participle Standing in relation or connection.
  • past participle Narrated; told.
  • past participle (Mus.) Same as Relative, 4.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Standing in relation or connection.
  • adjective Being a relative of.
  • adjective Narrated; told.
  • adjective music Same as the adjective relative.
  • adjective mathematics Fulfilling a relation.
  • adjective in combination Having a relationship with the thing named
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of relate.

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

  • adjective being connected either logically or causally or by shared characteristics
  • adjective connected by kinship, common origin, or marriage


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