Definition of 'relative'
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The relative pronoun here is the subject of the relative clause. Times, Sunday Times (2017)If you have elderly relatives do it for them too. The Sun (2017)Be tactful when a relative asks for your opinion of a home makeover plan. The Sun (2016)How can it be fair to lose out because another competitor has a close relative on hand? Times, Sunday Times (2016)But their form near the end of the season was incredible and they stayed up with relative ease. The Sun (2016)But what about their relatives still in Europe? The Sun (2017)A chance to make a dream real for a relative draws the family closer. The Sun (2016)But officers struggled to get into the building until one rang a relative who worked there, and they were able to contact store staff. The Sun (2016)The family had relatives in England, so that was where they headed. Times, Sunday Times (2016)How do you tell whether the relative pronoun is the subject or the object? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Plus success for a relative thrills the family. The Sun (2016)Perhaps differences in capital structure reflect differences in the relative importance of growth opportunities. Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)Which part of the following sentence is a relative clause? The Sun (2016)They should all have qualified with relative ease. The Sun (2015)Lawyers for the relatives say that it was aborted against the wishes of police. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Or suspected something fishy behind the low price your elderly relative was offered for a property? Times, Sunday Times (2006)What distinguishes one period from another is the particular emphasis placed on one value relative to others. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)Sometimes you can help a dying person by encouraging relatives to face the reality of the situation. Growing Through Loss and Grief (1994)The relative who lives the furthest from you is a surprising source of luck. The Sun (2007)Resist acting surprised when a relative makes a marriage announcement. The Sun (2011)Do be tactful when a relative asks for your opinion on wedding plans. The Sun (2016)And what about the many elderly patients who have no relatives close to hand? Times, Sunday Times (2011)One of the great pleasures of visiting elderly relatives is they still let you smoke indoors. Times, Sunday Times (2009)This loose understanding underpinned the period of relative calm that followed. Times, Sunday Times (2015)We are familiar with the difference between absolute and relative ability in sports like athletics. Times, Sunday Times (2014)You can solve a problem for a relative but it must be done with tact. The Sun (2011)Luck focuses on the family and a relative who rarely gambles wins a generous prize. The Sun (2016)Factors are usually weighted according to their relative importance in determining job worth. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)The reason is that the pronoun is introducing a relative clause. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The traffickers are able to elude the tiny coastguard fleet with relative ease. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The case of the relative pronoun is then determined by the role that it plays in the relative clause. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The relatives say the company has been slow to act over potentially deadly defects in hundreds of thousands of products. Times, Sunday Times (2014)
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British English: relative /ˈrɛlətɪv/ NOUN
Your relatives are the members of your family.
Ask a relative to look after the children.
- American English: relative
- Arabic: قَريب
- Brazilian Portuguese: parente
- Chinese: 亲戚
- Croatian: rođak
- Czech: příbuzný
- Danish: slægtning
- Dutch: familielid
- European Spanish: pariente
- Finnish: sukulainen
- French: parent famille
- German: Verwandter
- Greek: συγγενής
- Italian: parente
- Japanese: 親戚
- Korean: 친척
- Norwegian: slektning
- Polish: krewny
- European Portuguese: parente
- Romanian: rudă
- Russian: родственник
- Spanish: pariente
- Swedish: släkting
- Thai: เครือญาติ
- Turkish: göreceli
- Ukrainian: родич
- Vietnamese: họ hàng
British English: relative ADJECTIVE
You use relative to say that something is true to a certain degree, especially when compared with other things of the same kind.
The fighting resumed after a period of relative calm.
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