Meaning of “relate to sth” in the English Dictionary

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"relate to sth" in British English

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relate to sth

phrasal verb with relate uk /rɪˈleɪt/ us /rɪˈleɪt/ verb [ T ]

to understand a situation or someone's feelings because you have experienced a similar situation or similar feelings:

The culture that he describes is so different from mine that I sometimes find it hard to relate to.

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  • Why doesn't she want to go on holiday? I can't relate to that.
  • I can relate to your problems. I had difficulty finding somewhere to live when I first moved here.
  • Things have changed so much since she started working here, that she has difficulty relating to the experiences of younger colleagues.
  • Audiences are encouraged to empathize with the characters and try to relate to the situations in which they are portrayed.
  • I can't relate to your experiences at school, they sound so different to my own.

(Definition of “relate to sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"relate to sth" in Business English

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relate to sth

phrasal verb with relate uk /rɪˈleɪt/ us verb

to be directly connected to something, or to refer directly to it:

How closely do its prices relate to its costs?
Everything we are going to discuss today basically relates to customer-service issues.
relating to sth The government has confirmed recently that important files relating to the sale have disappeared.

(Definition of “relate to sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)