Meaning of “relevant” in the English Dictionary

"relevant" in British English

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uk /ˈrel.ə.vənt/ us /ˈrel.ə.vənt/

B2 connected with what is happening or being discussed:

Education should be relevant to the child's needs.
For further information, please refer to the relevant leaflet.
The point is highly relevant to this discussion.
I'm sorry but your personal wishes are not relevant (= important) in this case.

correct or suitable for a particular purpose:

plans to make schooling more relevant to life beyond school

More examples

  • I don't think that question is relevant, counselor.
  • You've got a head start over others trying to get the job because you've got relevant work experience.
  • I went to the meeting armed with the relevant facts and figures.
  • Is monarchy relevant in the modern world or should it be abolished?
  • I have some relevant information for you.

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

"relevant" in American English

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us /ˈrel·ə·vənt/

related to a subject or to something happening or being discussed:

We turned over relevant documents to the investigating team.
noun [ U ] us /ˈrel·ə·vəns/ also relevancy, /ˈrel·ə·vən·si/

the relevance of railroads to the development of the American west

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