relate to (someone or something)

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relate to (someone or something)

To associate oneself with someone or something; to feel a sense of kinship with or similarity to someone or something. Having grown up in quite a poor household, I could really relate to the character's struggle to find financial success. I'm worried that my son doesn't seem to relate to any of the kids in his class.
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relate something to someone

to tell something to someone; to narrate something to someone. Very slowly, she related the events of the past week to her parents. I have an interesting story to relate to you.
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relate something to something

to associate something to something. I relate this particular problem to the failure of the company to provide proper training. This point is related to what I just told you.
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relate to someone or something

to understand, accept, or feel kinship with someone or something. He relates to people well. I really don't relate to your thinking at all.
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relate to

v.
1. To have a connection, relation, or reference to something: My question relates to your earlier work.
2. To establish a connection, relation, or reference between one thing and another: She related the painful experience to having a tooth pulled at the dentist.
3. To narrate or relay some information to someone; tell something to someone: When he related the story to us, he left out the part about himself.
4. To have or establish a reciprocal relationship with someone; interact with someone: Your child seems to relate well to her peers.
5. To empathize or identify with someone or something: I simply can't relate to such an extreme viewpoint.
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But even if you had the most loving and compassionate Nobel Prize-level people as your parents, you still have been bombarded daily in politics, on reality shows, and on the nightly news with examples of how not to relate to someone who thinks differently and how to run from them as fast as you can.
To build a relationship, she would have to relate to someone, to converse, to share, to reveal.
I can't fully relate to someone until I hear them say f**k.
It goes without saying that someone with normal social and cognitive ability has no way of being able to relate to someone who is severely lacking the skills necessary for daily living.
YOU aren't finding it easy to relate to someone who is much older or younger than you.
The relative of an addict could relate to someone on the show, for instance, stealing a grandmother's jewelry.
Dale said: "Jordan and I have a great relationship as it is easy to relate to someone who has done what I am now doing.
The girls were great and it was great to be able to relate to someone who knows the job as well as you do.
In my career I like to look for characters that are so unlike me, and then that's the challenge, trying to relate to someone like that.
Being able to relate to someone who is just like them can prove a much greater influencing factor than a parent, teacher, police officer or other professional.
You only can relate to someone who is just like you, or sort of like you, or only different in approved ways.
Not everyone can relate to me but hopefully they can relate to someone else.
Even though I could talk to my grandmother whenever I needed to, it wasn't the same as being able to relate to someone who knew exactly what I was going through.
It's hard to imagine calling a full technology relationship - from searching, to booking, to check in, to SMS boarding passes and then getting on a plane without having to talk or relate to someone - as a "full service".
What if we could give up the fear that how we relate to someone must be confined to straight roles?