Meaning of RELATIVE in English

RELATIVE

I.

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ close , near

The succession passed to the nearest surviving ~.

▪ distant

▪ blood , family

If you die without a will, only a husband, wife, children and blood ~s are entitled to inherit your property.

▪ immediate

The deceased's immediate ~s will inherit her estate.

▪ living , surviving

▪ deceased

▪ elderly , old

▪ young

▪ female , male

▪ long-lost

He greeted me like a long-lost ~.

▪ poor ( often figurative )

He believes that interior design is the poor ~ of ( = inferior to ) architecture.

▪ dependent ( esp. BrE )

the increase in dependent elderly ~s

▪ disabled , ill , sick

people who care for a sick or disabled ~

▪ bereaved , grieving (both esp. BrE )

VERB + RELATIVE

▪ have

I have no parents or close ~s.

▪ lose

an organization that helps people who have lost ~s (= whose relatives have died)

▪ care for , give support to , help , look after ( esp. BrE ), support , take care of ( esp. AmE )

She's caring for an elderly ~.

▪ live with

▪ stay with , visit

▪ find , trace ( esp. BrE )

The police are trying to find the ~s of the deceased.

▪ contact , inform

The names of the victims are being withheld until the ~s have been informed.

PHRASES

▪ friends and ~s , friends or ~s

an intimate reception for close friends and ~s

▪ a ~ by marriage

II.

adj.

Relative is used with these nouns: ↑ abundance , ↑ advantage , ↑ anonymity , ↑ autonomy , ↑ clause , ↑ comfort , ↑ conservatism , ↑ contribution , ↑ decrease , ↑ deprivation , ↑ distribution , ↑ ease , ↑ effectiveness , ↑ efficiency , ↑ failure , ↑ freedom , ↑ frequency , ↑ harmony , ↑ humidity , ↑ importance , ↑ impotence , ↑ inactivity , ↑ independence , ↑ inexperience , ↑ influence , ↑ insignificance , ↑ isolation , ↑ lack , ↑ luxury , ↑ magnitude , ↑ merit , ↑ neglect , ↑ obscurity , ↑ peace , ↑ percentage , ↑ position , ↑ privacy , ↑ probability , ↑ pronoun , ↑ proportion , ↑ prosperity , ↑ quiet , ↑ risk , ↑ safety , ↑ scarcity , ↑ seclusion , ↑ silence , ↑ simplicity , ↑ size , ↑ stability , ↑ status , ↑ stranger , ↑ strength , ↑ success , ↑ term , ↑ uniformity , ↑ unknown , ↑ weakness , ↑ wealth

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