Definition of relationship in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈlāSH(ə)nˌSHip/


1The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected: the study will assess the relationship between unemployment and political attitudes
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  • The standard contract so far only specifies the business relationship between contractors and agencies.
  • So there are some awkward questions here about the relationship between units and interaction capacity.
  • Each of these two definitions seems to imply a relationship between slightly different concepts.
1.1The state of being connected by blood or marriage: they can trace their relationship to a common ancestor
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  • Your present relationship or marriage is strengthened through love and understanding.
  • I think that's a common way of looking at relationships because marriage is a form of contractual ownership.
  • Even heterosexuals are showing greater skepticism about relationships and marriage.
family ties, family connections, blood ties, blood relationship, kinship, affinity, consanguinity, common ancestry, common lineage
1.2The way in which two or more people or organizations regard and behave toward each other: the landlord-tenant relationship she was proud of her good relationship with the household staff
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  • In other words privity of estate arises when there is a relationship of landlord and tenant between the parties.
  • It represents a process that is actively destructive of people's views of themselves, and their relationships with each other.
  • It recognises the role of family and other relationships in influencing trends towards recovery or relapse.
1.3An emotional and sexual association between two people: she has a daughter from a previous relationship
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  • Vicki and Harriet begin a flirtatious relationship, fraught with sexual tension.
  • The emotional nature of most sexual relationships seems to have changed the focus from the self to the dyad.
  • From this point of view, the tale deals with a sexual relationship as much as the previous one does.
romance, (love) affair, love, liaison, amour, partnership
informal bromance

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Syllabification: re·la·tion·ship

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