AskDefine | Define relate

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1 make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all" [syn: associate, tie in, link, colligate, link up, connect] [ant: decouple]
2 have to do with or be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments" [syn: refer, pertain, concern, come to, bear on, touch, touch on]
3 give an account of; "The witness related the events"
4 be in a relationship with; "How are these two observations related?" [syn: interrelate]
5 have or establish a relationship to; "She relates well to her peers"

User Contributed Dictionary





  • From relatus, past participle of referre.


  1. To tell in a descriptive way.
  2. To give an association.
  3. To make a connection from sth to sth (e.g. to relate this to that).
  4. To have a connection.
  5. To interact.
  6. To respond through reaction.
  7. In the context of "intransitive|contrued with to": To identify with, understand.


To tell in a descriptive way
To give an association
To make a connection from sth to sth
To have a connection
To respond through reaction
To identify with, understand
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Extensive Definition

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.
It was founded in 1938 as the National Marriage Guidance Council, after a clergyman, Herbert Gray, noted that the divorce rate was increasing. It adopted its current name on Valentine's Day 1988. In the 1990s, Relate's public profile increased after Princess Diana became its patron in 1989.
Today, Relate sees over 150,000 clients a year, at more than 600 locations across the UK.
In 2006, Relate opened the Relate Institute, the UK's first Centre of Excellence for the study of relationships, in partnership with Doncaster College and the University of Hull.


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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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