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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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This orientation considers 1) the dyad as the basic social unit, 2) humans as well-intentioned yet variable in relational skill, 3) human relationships as socially constructed through communication, 4) the purpose of relationships as mutual satisfaction, 5) expressions of commitment (affection, support, integrity) as means to create healthy relationships, 6) relational problems stem from benign personal differences or dull aptitudes and are treatable through counseling and skill development, and 7) relaters should turn to human sources including academic research, professional ethics, and psychological counseling for moral guidance.
In her current standpoint, based on the theory of integrity analyzed including in the paper published by professor Montarroyos (2012), the relater judgechanged her evaluation about that kind of case:
Chart 4 Compatible Combinations Best combinations at task Second best combinations at task compatibility compatibility Thinker - Relater Thinker - Thinker Director - Relater Relater - Relater Socializer - Relater Socializer - Thinker Wilson determines that he is a socializer and chuckles as he regards the chart--he does not see the socializer personality type near the thinker.
I am clear in my mind that had we got the relater, the circumstances could have been much worse."
Il s'agit d'une demarche facultative que les auteurs pourraient entreprendre pour relater des experiences enrichissantes.
L'auteure est en mesure de relater ces discussions grace a son impressionnant travail de recherche, et ce, malgre le fait que le contenu du futur code civil n'ait pas encore ete officiellement communique.
Or c'est invariablement le theme de la relation a l'homme, et plus precisement celui de l'absence du pere, qui semble s'imposer a l'auteur d'"Un Coeur simple" lorsqu'il doit relater l'histoire de ses personnages feminins.
Ratliffis simultaneously "retaler" and "relater," whose tales and relations are the yarns that tie the various parts of the community together, making connections, offering explanations, and providing the hidden links that join characters and events.
Each individual has one or more dominant chakras that defines their path in life - manifester, feeler, thinker, relater, communicator, visionary, spiritualist, shaman, idealist, naturalist, commander.
Some other examples include c u d z o -- sw -- (cudzolostwo, 'adultery'), primed with wtasny 'own', which is the associate of the initial stem cudzy 'somebody else's', or k r o t k o -- i -- (krotkowidz, 'short-sighted'), primed with the word dlugi 'long', which is semantically relater to the first stem krotki 'short'.
(10) The 5-year-old boy in whom detailed laboratory testing was indicated had a positive (albeit undisclosed) history of postadenoidectomy bleeding, but his most recent episode was clearly relater to the challenge by surgery itself.
The Platinum Rule divides behavioral preferences into four basic styles: director, socializer, relater and thinker.
Trap nel's prophecy is recounted by a male "relater," which of course raises questions of textual authenticity.