Relative etymology


English word relative comes from Latin fero, Latin re-, and later Latin relatus (Narration (telling of events).)

Etymology of relative

Detailed word origin of relative

Dictionary entry Language Definition
fero Latin (lat) I bear, carry. I cast (a vote); pass or ratify (a law). I report. I suffer, endure. I support, hold up.
re- Latin (lat) Again; prefix added to various words to indicate an action being done again, or like the other usages indicated above under English.. Back, backwards.
refero Latin (lat) (of sound) I bring back, return, answer, echo.. I bear, bring, drive or carry back.. I bring back, restore, renew, revive, repeat.. I give back, give up, return, restore, pay back, repay.. I make known officially, report, announce, notify, proclaim.. I repeat, report, announce, relate, recount, tell, say. I say in return, respond, reply, answer.
relate English (en) (intransitive) To have a connection.. (intransitive) To interact.. (intransitive) To respond through reaction.. (intransitive, with to) To identify with; to understand.. (obsolete) To bring back; to restore.. (transitive) To give an association.. (transitive) To make a connection or correlation between one thing and another.. (transitive) To tell in a descriptive way.
relatus Latin (lat) Narration (telling of events).
relātīvus Late Latin (LL)
relatif Middle French (ca. 1400-1600) (frm)
relative English (en) (computing, of a URL, URI, path, or similar) Expressed in relation to another item, rather than in complete form.. (grammar) That relates to an antecedent.. (music) Having the same key but differing in being major or minor.. Capable to be changed by other beings or circumstance; conditional.. Connected to or depending on something else; comparative.. Relevant; pertinent; related. [...]