relativenoun [C]uk /ˈrel.ə.tɪv/ us /-t̬ɪv/
- The children are being cared for by a relative.
- There weren't many people at the funeral - just close family relatives.
- I live in Cambridge, but my relatives live up north in Manchester.
- It is women who mainly shoulder responsibility for the care of elderly and disabled relatives.
- Sundry distant relatives, most of whom I hardly recognized, turned up for my brother's wedding.
relativeadjectiveuk /ˈrel.ə.tɪv/ us /-t̬ɪv/ formal
relative adjective (COMPARING)
- The relative cheapness of foreign travel means that more people are going abroad than ever before.
- We've lived here for 15 years, but we're relative newcomers to the village.
- Now that the civil war is over, relative normality has returned to the south of the country.
- He rose from relative obscurity to worldwide recognition.
- There is a chart on the classroom wall showing the relative heights of all the children.
relative adjective (CONNECTED)