General English

General Science

  • verb to make a connection or link between two things
  • verb to be connected to or concerned with something

Information & Library Science

  • verb to show the connection between two things

Origin & History of “relate”

Something that is related to something else is etymologically ‘carried back’ to it. The word is based on relātus, the past participle of Latin referre ‘carry back, refer to’ (source of English refer). (Lātus was not the original past participle of Latin ferre ‘carry’; it was drafted in from tollere ‘raise’, source of English extol and tolerate.) Derivatives in English include relation (14th c.) and relative (14th c.).