noun rap·port \ ra-ˈpȯr , rə- \
|Updated on: 12 Aug 2018

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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Examples of rapport in a Sentence

  1. 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. GermondFat Man in a Middle Seat2002
  2. 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 TrachtmanSmithsonianMay 1998
  3. … is said to have established an unusual rapport with the Afghan officers through demonstrating his respect for their traditions and way of life. —Carey SchofieldThe Russian Elite1993
  4. 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 BrooksThe Language of the American South1985
  5. He quickly developed a good rapport with the other teachers.

  6. She works hard to build rapport with her patients.

  7. There is a lack of rapport between the members of the group.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of 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

RAPPORT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of rapport for English Language Learners

  • : a friendly relationship

RAPPORT Defined for Kids


noun rap·port \ ra-ˈpȯr \

Definition of rapport for Students

: a friendly relationship

Medical Dictionary


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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