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relate (something) to (one)

To explain, report, or describe something to one. I was shocked when she related her experiences in the company to me. I can't tell you what it was like for everyone, but I can relate my personal experience to you.
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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 experience to being on a roller coaster.
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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

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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The further they are in time from the acquisition, the less likely it is they relate to economic events that existed before the acquisition.
Entries made on a periodic basis - monthly or quarterly - are suspicious and may relate to period expenses.
Example: A hospital incurred branch electrical wiring costs consisting of conduit, wiring and electrical connections, which relate to particular items of hospital equipment (such as X-ray film processing equipment and hospital sterilization equipment).
In addition, the proposed regulations require that there be maintained financial and other documents filed with a foreign government entity, independent commission, or financial institution that relate to transactions between the reporting corporation and the foreign related party.
To the extent otherwise created, included in this category are records of loans, including third-party loans, relating to transactions between the reporting corporation and a foreign related party; guarantees of debts of the reporting corporation by a foreign related party (or vice versa); hedging and security arrangements between the reporting corporation and a foreign related party; research and development expense allocations; arrangements for furnishing services; patent and copyright registrations; and lawsuits in foreign countries that relate to intercompany transactions.
The temporary regulations provide an example of taxes as they relate to rental real estate.
NSC first asserted that the Supreme Court's opinion in Lincoln Savings imposed, as a necessary condition for the capitalization of any costs, a requirement that the costs relate to the creation or improvement of a separate and distinct asset.
When a tender offer is "friendly" and a target's costs relate to facilitating the takeover, the costs will constitute a nondeductible capital expenditure.
Expenditures incurred after the point that the product or property (or component of the product or property) meets its basic design spedifications related to function and performance level generally will not qualify as research and experimental expenditures under section 174 unless the expenditures relate to modifications to the basic design specifications for the purpose of curing significant defects in design, obtaining significant cost reductions or achieving significantly enhanced function or performance level.
The investment must not relate to, or be made in the normal course of, the trade or business of the taxpayer or any related person (which includes any contribution or loan to an employee stock ownership plan defined in section 4975(e)(7) or other qualified plan under section 401(a)).