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re·late / riˈlāt/ • v. [tr.] 1. give an account of (a sequence of events); narrate: various versions of the chilling story have been related by the locals.2. (be related) be connected by blood or marriage: he was related to my mother people who are related. ∎  be causally connected: high unemployment is related to high crime rates. ∎  (relate something to) discuss something in such a way as to indicate its connections with (something else): the study examines social change within the city and relates it to wider developments in the country as a whole. ∎  [intr.] (relate to) have reference to; concern: the new legislation related to corporate activities. ∎  [intr.] (relate to) feel sympathy with; identify with: kids related to him because he was so anti-establishment.DERIVATIVES: re·lat·a·ble adj.