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Relate appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • One tale, rotten, not new, I went on Net to relate, no?
  • Barge in. Relate mere war of 1991 for a were-metal Ernie grab.
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Definition of the verb relate

What does relate mean as a doing word?

Relate is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: related | relating | relates

  1. make a logical or causal connection
  2. be relevant to
  3. give an account of
    • example: The witness related the events
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic]Ellen said a few words
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic] to [Recipient]Ellen said a few words to Helen
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, how-extraction]He confessed how she did it | I asked how she did it | I explained how it can be done | John suggested how she could do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, quotation]He says, 'It has to go.'
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause]He ordered that he go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, that-complement clause, not tensed]John suggested that he should go
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, wh-infinitive clause]I asked how to do it | I explained how to do it | John suggested how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-extraction]He asked what he should do | I explained what he should do | John suggested what we should eat
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Topic, what-infinitive clause]He asked what to do | I explained what to do | John suggested what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient] [Topic, quotation]Mr. Jacobson announced to the trading mob: 'We're going to trade on the bell.'

      Verbs of Communication (with the same syntax): advise, announce, articulate, blab, blurt, claim, confess, confide, convey, declare, mention, note, observe, proclaim, propose, recount, reiterate, remark, repeat, report, reveal, say, state.

    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: narrate / recite / recount / tell = narrate or give a detailed account of
  4. be in a relationship with
    • example: How are these two observations related?
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of relate: interrelate
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
      • predicate = make the (grammatical) predicate in a proposition
      • tutor = act as a guardian to someone
      • tie in = be in connection with something relevant
  5. have or establish a relationship to

Alternative definition of the verb relate


  1. [transitive] To tell in a descriptive way.
  2. [transitive] To give an association.
  3. [transitive] To make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to 'relate' this to that).
  4. [intransitive] To have a connection.
  5. [intransitive] To interact.
  6. [intransitive] To respond through reaction.
  7. [intransitive, with 'to'] To identify with, understand.


  1. "Relate": Luminescence is the first album from the British electropop band Neon Highwire. It was released on Health Bomber.
  2. "Relate" is a musical album of Passive Defence.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  3. "relate" is a composition.


  1. Relate is a charity providing relationship support throughout the United Kingdom. Services include counselling for couples, families, young people and individuals, sex therapy, mediation and training courses.
  2. Relate is a Golden Horn Award nominated TV program.
    • award: - Golden Horn Award for Best Factual Entertainment / Educational Programme (Season 3) nomination for Ochre Media

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Relate

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Google previewThe Bombers and the Bombed (2014)

Allied Air War Over Europe 1940-1945 by Richard Overy

of target finding and marking, the dilatory development of effective electronic aids, marker bombs, and bombsights, and the inability to relate means and ends more rationally to maximize effectiveness and cope with enemy defenses.

Google previewCharles S. Peirce's Evolutionary Philosophy (1997)

by Carl R. Hausman

The relate is an object for the ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language... (1803)

To which are Prefixed, Principles of English Pronunciation... by John Walker

To relate, to tell. #To Dr. Johnson says this word is only used in Scotland; but as it is regularly derived from the Latin narro, and has a specific meaning to distinguish it from every other word, it ought to be considered as a necessary part of the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science, and Technology in Islam (2014)

by Salim Ayduz, Ibrahim Kalin, Caner Dagli

In a similar manner, Mullā Ṣadrā's Pure Existent, Suhrawardī's Light of Lights, and alṬūṣī's Necessary Existent relate to the universe as the material, efficient, and final cause. In sum, philosophy does not assume God but constructs a notion of ...

Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

RELATE— REPEAT. Reject, [rejicio, to throw back, L.] to throw away ; to east off; not to accept. Repel, [repello, to drive back, L.] to force to return. Rebuff, [ bouffer, to puff, to swell, F.] to check advance. Refuse assent, admission, advice ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

relate back relate. • This involves the activation of cognitive processes in your brain in which you think about the meaning of the words, weigh ideas, correlate ...

Google previewMetaphysical Bible Dictionary (2013)

by Charles Fillmore

Thus we may have two or more men with identical names, each of whom may relate to a different line of thought and develop very different characteristics. These character indexes, which we call names, might therefore be symbolic of divers ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Correspondences, Representatives, and Significatives Derived from the Word of the Lord. Extracted from the Writings of E. Swedenborg. [Abridged Principally from The"Dictionary of Correspondences,"by G. Nicholson.] (1841)

by Emanuel Swedenborg, George NICHOLSON (Incumbent of Little Budworth.)

relate to temptations, and in an internal sense, ...

Google previewAcomplete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning; , to which is Prefixed a Prosodial Grammar. The 2. Ed. Corr. and Enlarged (1789)

To relate or explain the fabulous history of the heathens. MYTHOLOGY, mỳ- thỏl'-lô-dzhỳ. f. Syftem of fables. N A K O NAB, nåb'. v. a. To catch unexpeĉtedly. A low word. NABOB, nå-bỏb'. f. A viceroy or governor in one of the provinces of ...

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Usage statistics about relate

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Quotes about Relate

While it is challenging working with a kid, because they're so of the moment all the time. My acting style is to try to take something from my life that the character can relate to and that I can relate the character to. (Kyra Sedgwick)
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Scrabble value of R1E1L1A1T1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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