Meaning of “related” in the English Dictionary

"related" in English

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uk /rɪˈleɪ.tɪd/ us /rɪˈleɪ.t̬ɪd/

related adjective (FAMILY)

B2 If people are related, they belong to the same family:

She claims she is related to royalty.
Jim and I are related by marriage.

If different types of animal are related, they come from the same type of animal:

The cat and the lion are related species.

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

"related" in American English

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relatedadjective [ not gradable ]

us /rɪˈleɪ·t̬ɪd/

belonging to the same family:

Of course Elise and Linda are related – they’re cousins.
José and Alfonso are related by marriage.

related adjective [ not gradable ] (CONNECT)


They invested in technology-related companies.

(Definition of “related” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"related" in Business English

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uk /rɪˈleɪtɪd/ us

connected to, influenced by, or caused by something:

related costs/expenses Customers will be responsible for repaying the entire loan amount as well as all related costs and fees.
related products/services We currently have around 300 job openings in sales and related services.
related activities/changes/causes Mining and related activities remain at the centre of the South African economy.
be related to sth Overall financial performance has been adversely affected by a slowdown in demand that is related to a cooling economy.
Cutting the emergency-loan rate will not be enough to solve all of the problems related to current conditions in the credit markets.

used to describe what something is connected with:

Stocks fell as the US dollar's plunge against the yen sent export-related issues tumbling.
profit-related bonuses

(Definition of “related” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)