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Examples of rapport in a Sentence
- Carter had some conventional assets. Although he was a southerner, he had an easy rapport with blacks and the early support of some key black leaders in his home state … —Jack W. Germond, Fat Man in a Middle Seat, 2002
- The name "horse whisperer" appears to be an ancient one from the British Isles, given to people whose rapport with horses seemed almost mystical. —Paul Trachtman, Smithsonian, May 1998
- … is said to have established an unusual rapport with the Afghan officers through demonstrating his respect for their traditions and way of life. —Carey Schofield, The Russian Elite, 1993
- Moreover, I shall … be arguing that the strength of even the more formal Southern writers stems from their knowledge of and rapport with the language spoken by the unlettered. —Cleanth Brooks, The Language of the American South, 1985
He quickly developed a good rapport with the other teachers.
She works hard to build rapport with her patients.
There is a lack of rapport between the members of the group.
Recent Examples of rapport from the Web
As is typical of investigations into prostitution at strip clubs statewide, the agent also sought to build a rapport with a dancer to determine whether prostitution was taking place.
Kearse was a reliable player who was popular with teammates and coaches for his willingness to do whatever asked, and who developed a rapport with Wilson that resulted in the two hooking up for some of the most memorable plays in team history.
In 2016, the Queen even appeared in a video to smack talk the U.S. Though Melania will reportedly meet with Harry in Ontario, there's unlikely to be the same cheeky rapport between the Windsors and the first family.
Jackson, who committed to Michigan State this past spring, was looking forward to developing more rapport with the MSU staff and players.
The pair already had an indifferent rapport, after the youngster took to Instagram to display his discontent at Chelsea regarding game time last month.
Lawrence’s rapport with director David O. Russell lent her performances a charming immediacy (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Joy) as Russell worked through his issues toward sanity; Aronofsky doesn’t.
Timber Creek quarterback Dylan McCrary has developed a strong rapport with Ezukanma.
Already Osetkowski and Bamba seem to have developed a good rapport, highlighted by some playful jawing in the middle of the exhibition.
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Did You Know?
Report comes from the French verb reporter and rapport comes from the French rapporter. Both verbs mean "to bring back" and can be traced back to the Latin verb portare, meaning "to carry." Rapporter also has the additional sense of "to report," which influenced the original English meaning of rapport ("an act or instance of reporting"). That sense of rapport dropped out of regular use by the end of the 19th century.
Synonymscommunion, fellowship, rapprochement
Related Wordsaccord, agreement, concord, harmony; oneness, solidarity, togetherness, unity; affinity, empathy, sympathy, understanding; amity, chumminess, companionship, friendliness, friendship; reciprocity, symbiosis
Near Antonymsalienation, disaffection, disgruntlement, estrangement; coldness, cold shoulder, distance, iciness; animosity, antagonism, antipathy, bitterness, enmity, hostility, jaundice, rancor, spite
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