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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*related to someone

connected through blood kinship or through marriage to someone. (*Typically: be ~; become ~.) I wonder if he is related to you, because he looks a little like you. I am not related to anyone here.
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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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You are able to create that emotional bond and relate to someone in ways that data and statistics cannot.
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I can't fully relate to someone until I hear them say f**k.
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There's not one person who won't relate to someone on the show." (producingjuliet.com)
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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.
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.