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relate (v.)

1520s, "to recount, tell," from French relater "refer, report" (14c.) and directly from Latin relatus, used as past participle of referre "bring back, bear back" (see refer), from re- "back, again" + lātus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

The meaning "stand in some relation; have reference or respect" is from 1640s; transitive sense of "bring (something) into relation with (something else)" is from 1690s. Meaning "to establish a relation between" is from 1771. Sense of "to feel connected or sympathetic to" is attested from 1950, originally in psychology jargon. Related: Related; relating.

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Definitions of relate from WordNet

relate (v.)
make a logical or causal connection;
I cannot relate these events at all
Synonyms: associate / tie in / link / colligate / link up / connect
relate (v.)
be relevant to;
Synonyms: refer / pertain / concern / come to / bear on / touch / touch on / have to do with
relate (v.)
give an account of;
The witness related the events
relate (v.)
be in a relationship with;
How are these two observations related?
Synonyms: interrelate
relate (v.)
have or establish a relationship to;
She relates well to her peers
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