|Origin:||, past participle of referre; REFER|
re‧late S2 W1
if two things relate, they are connected in some way [= connect]:
I don't understand how the two ideas relate.
The charges of fraud relate to events that took place over ten years ago.
if you relate two different things, you show how they are connected
relate something to something
The report seeks to relate the rise in crime to an increase in unemployment.
3 [transitive] formal
to tell someone about events that have happened to you or to someone else
relate something to somebody
He later related the whole story to me.
to feel that you understand someone's problem, situation etc
Laurie finds it difficult to relate to children.
I know he feels upset, and I can relate to that.