Relative - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈrelətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word relative
Brit.  |ˈrɛlətɪv|  British pronunciation of the word relative


- a person related by blood or marriage(syn: relation)
- an animal or plant that bears a relationship to another (as related by common descent or by membership in the same genus) (syn: congenator, congener, congeneric)


- properly related in size or degree or other measurable characteristics; usually followed by `to'(syn: proportional)


At the family reunion, I saw relatives I haven't seen in years.

He inherited a small piece of land from a distant relative.

The donkey is a relative of the horse.

the relative value of two houses

the relative positions of the islands

We discussed the relative merits of each school.

“Who,” “whom,” “whose,” “which,” and “that” are all relative pronouns.

The phrase “that won” in “the book that won” is a relative clause.

Her boyfriend is a distant relative of mine.

a gathering of friends and relatives

The relative merits of both approaches have to be considered.

You may think you're poor, but it's all relative (=you are not poor compared to some people).

police are searching for relatives of the deceased

We were reluctant to leave the relative safety of our hotel.

His aunt is his closest living relative.

Word forms

singular: relative
plural: relatives
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