Definition of "relate" [re•late]

  • To narrate or tell. See Synonyms at describe. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring into or link in logical or natural association. See Synonyms at join. (verb-transitive)
  • To establish or demonstrate a connection between. (verb-transitive)
  • To have connection, relation, or reference: The symbols relate to an earlier system. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have or establish a reciprocal relationship; interact: She doesn't relate well to her peers. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "relate" in a sentence
  • "Additionally, the three instances of the title relate conceptually to the three-story structure of the novel."
  • "How does the title relate to the rest of the text?"
  • "How does the title relate to the thought of Bataille?"