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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishrelatedre‧lat‧ed /rɪˈleɪtɪd/ ●●● S2 W3 adjective  1 CONNECTED WITHthings that are related are connected in some way Police now believe that the three crimes could be related. the problem of drug abuse and other related issuesrelated to He suffers with memory loss related to his disease.closely/directly/strongly etc related Education levels are strongly related to income.drug-/pollution-/stress-related etc people suffering from tobacco-related illnesses2 [not before noun]FAMILY connected by a family relationship Are you two related?related to I might be related to him.3 CONNECTED WITHanimals, plants, languages etc that are related belong to the same group Dolphins and porpoises are closely related.COLLOCATIONSadverbsclosely relatedI want to focus on a small number of closely related questions.strongly relatedPeople’s occupations are strongly related to their level of education.intimately related (=very closely related)Learning to read and learning to write are intimately related.directly/indirectly relatedillnesses which are directly related to povertyloosely related (=not closely related)a series of loosely related ideasinversely related technical (=related so that when one is large, the other is small)The demand for bank lending is inversely related to the rate of interest charged.
THESAURUSrelated/connected adjective used about things that have a connection with each other. Connected is not used before a nounPhysics and Maths are closely related.The two problems are connected.homelessness and other related issueslinked adjective having a direct connection – often used when one thing is the cause of the otherSkin cancer is directly linked to sun exposure and damage.Two closely linked factors produced this result.interrelated/interconnected adjective used about two or more things that are connected with each other and affect each other in a complicated series of waysThe various parts of society are closely interrelated. The book consists of a series of interconnected essays.interdependent used about two or more things, countries, people etc that depend on each other, and cannot exist or continue without each otherThe two countries’ economies have become increasingly interdependent. interdependent relationships between speciesDarwin said that all life on Earth is interdependent.relevant adjective related to what is being discussed or to a particular area of activityThe exam tests the way you select and organize information relevant to the question.Applicants should have several years’ relevant experience.be bound up with something to be very closely connected – used about two things that need to be considered togetherThe history of the city has long been bound up with the sea.Your professional development is closely bound up with personal growth.
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relatedEach attribute or set of related attributes is stored in its own file.The nature of these indicators, and related concepts of efficiency, effectiveness and economy have been the focus of much debate.Applicants must hold a degree in accounting or a related field.The argument that size and security are related has taken two forms.We provide professionally based practical home care to men, women and children who are ill at home with HIV/AIDS related illness.A related issue concerns empirical methodology.Complications occur, however, in up to 46% of patients and the procedure related mortality is about 1-2%.Some sceptical arguments attack the notion of knowledge directly but leave other related notions, crucially that of justified belief, untouched.related toFox writes about how culture is related to art.Is Connie related to him?
From Longman Business Dictionaryrelatedre‧lat‧ed /rɪˈleɪtɪd/ adjective directly connected with or affected by somethingThe drop in sales was related to the end of a tax break on new cars.The company agreed to sell its real estate business and other related assets.Stocks were hit by earnings-related selling.
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