rapport

noun
rap·port | \ ra-ˈpȯr , rə- \

Definition of rapport 

: a friendly, harmonious relationship especially : a relationship characterized by agreement, mutual understanding, or empathy that makes communication possible or easy

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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.

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web

But then that officer started building a rapport with Alex, Ron Myers said. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "IMPD violated policy, failed to review 19 police shootings," 4 Feb. 2018 Making his decision even tougher, George developed a strong rapport with former MVP Russell Westbrook and a healthy respect for Thunder coach Billy Donovan. USA TODAY, "Report: Paul George to opt out of contract with Thunder, become unrestricted free agent," 28 June 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron, who among all European leaders arguably enjoys the strongest personal rapport with Trump, did not hesitate to voice his disappointment and displeasure at several moments the summit. BostonGlobe.com, "European leaders are outraged by Trump’s G-7 stance, but they’re not surprised," 10 June 2018 The pair immediately developed a rapport and began collaborating on visual neuroscience research. Katie Worth, Scientific American, "When Scientists Are Mad about Each Other," 14 Feb. 2014 Slick subordinates who establish a rapport with investors may start acting like your equals. The Economist, "Life as you know it is IPOver," 12 July 2018 Building rapport with the interviewer demonstrates your communication skills. Kimberly Thompson, Houston Chronicle, "Career Rescue: Soft skills help energy-job interview," 8 July 2018 Gwennie, however, has no memory of the man and no interest in kindling any rapport. Joan Gaylord, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A View of the Empire at Sunset' uses author Jean Rhys to explore 'otherness'," 13 June 2018 The two have a warm rapport — and are set to meet next week at Mar-a-Lago. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump's TPP flirtation is surprisingly serious," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of rapport

1660, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapport

French, from rapporter to bring back, refer, from Old French raporter to bring back, from re- + aporter to bring, from Latin apportare, from ad- ad- + portare to carry — more at fare

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More Definitions for rapport

rapport

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship

rapport

noun
rap·port | \ ra-ˈpȯr \

Kids Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship

rapport

noun
rap·port | \ ra-ˈpȯ(ə)r, rə- \

Medical Definition of rapport 

: harmonious accord or relation that fosters cooperation, communication, or trust rapport between a patient and psychotherapist

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