Relay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈriːleɪ|  American pronunciation of the word relay
Brit.  |ˈriːleɪ|  British pronunciation of the word relay
irregular verb:  p.t. — relayed  p.p. — relayed


- the act of passing something along from one person or group to another
- a crew of workers who relieve another crew
- a fresh team to relieve weary draft animals
- a race between teams; each member runs or swims part of the distance
- electrical device such that current flowing through it in one circuit can switch on and off a current in a second circuit


- pass along
- control or operate by relay


Our relay team is training for next weekend's race.

a satellite relay of a television signal

We set up a relay to carry buckets of water to the campsite.

They worked in relays to clear the rubble.

He relayed the message to his boss.

Those who watched in the mortuary room were relayed every ten minutes.

I rode on as fast as possible to the next post relay.

He quickly relayed this news to the other members of staff.

The broadcasts were relayed by satellite.

The carpet will have to be relaid.

Please relay the news to the villagers

...a TV psychic who managed to convince at least some people that their deceased loved ones were using him to relay messages...

The Ugandan relay team are coasting to victory.

The essential point of relay racing is that it is a team effort.

The Americans set a new world record in the sprint relay.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: relay
he/she/it: relays
present participle: relaying
past tense: relayed
past participle: relayed
singular: relay
plural: relays
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