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Verb (intransitive), Verb (transitive)


Verb relate has 5 senses


relatev. t. [F. relater to recount, LL. relatare, fr. L. relatus, used as p. p. of referre. See Elate, and cf. Refer.].
  •  To bring back; to restore.  [1913 Webster]
    " Abate your zealous haste, till morrow next again
    Both light of heaven and strength of men relate.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To refer; to ascribe, as to a source.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To recount; to narrate; to tell over.  [1913 Webster]
    "This heavy act with heavy heart relate."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To ally by connection or kindred.  [1913 Webster]
To relate one's self, to vent thoughts in words. [R.]
Syn. -- To tell; recite; narrate; recount; rehearse; report; detail; describe.
relatev. i. 
  •  To stand in some relation; to have bearing or concern; to pertain; to refer; -- with to.  [1913 Webster]
    "All negative or privative words relate positive ideas."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To make reference; to take account.  [1913 Webster]
    "Reckoning by the years of their own consecration without relating to any imperial account."  [1913 Webster]


relate, v.
1 tr. narrate or recount (incidents, a story, etc.).
2 tr. (in passive; often foll. by to) be connected by blood or marriage.
3 tr. (usu. foll. by to, with) bring into relation (with one another); establish a connection between (cannot relate your opinion to my own experience).
4 intr. (foll. by to) have reference to; concern (see only what relates to themselves).
5 intr. (foll. by to) bring oneself into relation to; associate with.

relatable adj.
L referre relat- bring back: see REFER



add up, affect, affirm, allege, allegorize, ally, analogize, announce, answer, answer to, appertain, appertain to, apply, apply to, approach, ascribe, assert, asseverate, assign, assimilate, associate, aver, balance, be OK, be into, bear, bear on, bear upon, belong to, bind, bracket, break the news, bring into analogy, bring into comparison, bring word, cast up, cipher up, combine, communicate, communicate with, compare, compare and contrast, compare with, comprehend, concern, confront, conjoin, connect, contact, contrast, coordinate, cope with, correlate, correspond, correspond to, count up, counterpose, couple, credit, deal with, declare, delineate, describe, detail, dig, divulge, do, do the job, draw a comparison, draw a parallel, empathize, equate, establish connection, fable, fabulize, fictionalize, figure up, fill the bill, fit, foot up, get into, get to, give a report, give tidings of, grasp, handle, have connection with, identify, identify with, impart, impute, inform, interest, interrelate, interrogate, inventory, involve, itemize, join, liaise with, liken, liken to, link, link with, maintain connection, make advances, make contact with, make known, make overtures, make up to, match, measure against, metaphorize, mythicize, mythify, mythologize, narrate, novelize, nuncupate, oppose, parallel, parallelize, pertain, pertain to, place against, present, proclaim, qualify, question, quote, raise, reach, recap, recapitulate, recite, reckon up, recount, refer, refer to, regard, rehearse, relate to, relativize, relevant, reply to, report, respect, respond to, retell, reveal, romance, rumor, run a comparison, score up, serve, set forth, set in contrast, set in opposition, set off against, set over against, similize, state, storify, suit, sum, sum up, summarize, summate, sympathize, tally up, tell, tell a story, tie, tie in with, tot up, total, total up, tote up, touch, touch upon, treat of, understand, unfold a tale, unite, view together, wed, weigh, weigh against, write up, yoke




VB describe, set forth, draw a picture, picture, portray, characterize, particularize, narrate, relate, recite, recount, sum up, run over, recapitulate, rehearse, fight one's battles over again, unfold a tale, tell, give an account of, render an account of, report, make a report, draw up a statement, detail, enter into particulars, enter into details, descend to particulars, descend to details, itemize.

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