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v. re·lat·ed, re·lat·ing, re·lates
1. To give an account of (an occurrence, for example); narrate. See Synonyms at describe.
2. To establish or demonstrate a connection between: I related his grumpiness to a lack of sleep.
1. To have connection, relation, or reference: how education relates to income; a question relating to foreign policy.
2. To have or establish a social relationship; interact: She relates well to her peers.
3. To understand or react favorably to someone or something: I just can't relate to these new fashions.
Phrasal Verb:
relate back
Law To treat as accomplished on an earlier date although actually done on a later date.

[Obsolete French relater, from Old French, from Latin relātus, past participle of referre : re-, re- + lātus, brought; see telə- in Indo-European roots.]

re·lat′er n.
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Yet went she not, as not with such discourse Delighted, or not capable her eare Of what was high: such pleasure she reserv'd, ADAM relating, she sole Auditress; Her Husband the Relater she preferr'd Before the Angel, and of him to ask Chose rather; hee, she knew would intermix Grateful digressions, and solve high dispute With conjugal Caresses, from his Lip Not Words alone pleas'd her.
La, on est reellement trop genes, voire [beaucoup moins que]humilies[beaucoup plus grand que] pour relater cette sublimite captivante dans laquelle s'est deroulee la "champion's league".
[beaucoup moins que] Relater les realisations colossales du President et les rassembler dans ce travail qui se veut simple est pour nous une obligation.
L'objectif de ce texte est d'une part de relater les etapes de la mise sur pied de PRECA et, d'autre part, de mettre en lumiere les differents enjeux de gouvernance auxquels les membres de son comite de gestion ont du faire face dans leur quete d'une mobilisation regionale.
But customer satisfaction can act as a synergic relater and ultimate goal to bring both the objectives align (Vanichchinchai & Igel, 2011).
One explanation for these findings may be that two contractual items account for threatening and deceiving as strategies that a relater may sometimes use to manage a relationship for personal needs.