A word which is closest to the meaning of 'relatable'. For example, you watch a movie or read something and you have the strange sense of feeling that it has happened to you too, And you attach a deeper sense of meaning and understanding to it.


How about "resonates" / "resonant" / "resonance" ?


I don't think there is a synonymous adjective for "relatable" for the situation.

I had a strong sense of déjà vu when I saw the movie.

Hope it helps.

  • typo: synonymous, but wouldn't just "synonym" work better? – Mari-Lou A Sep 28 '15 at 5:42
  • @Mari-LouA Adjective is used as a noun and synonymous is used as an adjective. I am not sure why just "synonym" would work better when there is an adjective for it. – user140086 Sep 28 '15 at 5:58
  • I was thinking along the lines of: I don't think there is a synonym for "relatable"... – Mari-Lou A Sep 28 '15 at 6:32

You need to clarify which meaning of relate.

  1. To be able to associate with?
  2. To be able to give an account of?

I am concluding that you wish to refer to the 1st meaning - being able to associate yourself to an idea, concept or person.

A good word is "identify".

  • "I can identify with you, with your situation, because I too had been betrayed by a boyfriend before", the young woman consoled her friend.

  • She identifies herself with the Democratic caucus, even though she was elected as an independent.

Identity = being one with, being in a singularity, the token of your one-ness.

i·den·ti·fy (ī-dĕn′tə-fī′)

v. i·den·ti·fied, i·den·ti·fy·ing, i·den·ti·fies

    • a. To establish or recognize the identity of; ascertain as a certain person or thing: Can you identify what kind of plane that is? I identified the man at the next table as a famous actor.
    • b. Biology To determine the taxonomic classification of (an organism).
    • c. To ascertain as having a certain characteristic or feature: job candidates who are identified as overqualified; children who have been identified with hearing loss.
  1. To consider as identical or united; equate: The Greek god Ares is identified with the Roman god Mars.

  2. To associate or affiliate closely with: writers who are identified with modernism.
  1. To consider oneself as sharing certain characteristics or attitudes as another: She identifies strongly with her grandmother.
  2. To associate oneself with or admire something, such as a set of ideas: a language learner who identifies with a new culture.
  3. To self-identify.

[Medieval Latin identificāre, to make to resemble : Late Latin identitās, identity; see identity + Latin -ficāre, -fy.] i·den′ti·fi′a·ble adj. i·den′ti·fi′a·bly adv. i·den′ti·fi′er n.

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