relate (something) to (something)

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relate (something) to (something)

To associate something with something else; to establish something as being similar to or connected with something else. I guess I'd relate the divorce to having your belongings repossessed by the bank: you're already under massive amounts of personal stress, and then they come and take all your stuff. Let me relate to you what it was like to be in the army at that point in history.
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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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Sometimes you get the most visceral response when you relate something to people's everyday lives.
Far from providing individuation, as Saussure and Derrida would like to maintain, the contrast of something and other turns out to relate something to something that has the same determinacy.
She'll relate something to the audience about her socially reformative parents, or a tenderly recalled memory about going to the cinema with her brother Tom, or refusing to star in her brother Dick's "dreadful" play, then run to the ringing phone, barking into it with acid-reflex sarcasm when she doesn't get the answer she wants from her agent.