Definition of relationship in English:


Line breaks: re¦la¦tion|ship
Pronunciation: /rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)nʃɪp


  • 1The way in which two or more people or things 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.
    connection, relation, association, link, correlation, correspondence, parallel, tie-in, tie-up, alliance, bond, interrelation, interconnection; interdependence of
  • 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 relationship, blood ties, kinship, affinity, consanguinity, common ancestry, common lineage, connection
    technical propinquity
  • 1.2The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other: the landlord-tenant relationship she was proud of her good relationship with the 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, affair, affair of the heart, love, amorous entanglement, flirtation, liaison; French affaire de/du cœur, amour

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