rap·​port | \ ra-ˈpȯr How to pronounce rapport (audio) , 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 his approach so far is a marked change from Trump, who seemed to have better rapport with autocrats like Russia's Vladimir Putin and North Korea's Kim Jong Un than with many historic U.S. allies. Aamer Madhani And Rob Gillies, Star Tribune, "Vigorous preparation returns as Biden calls other leaders," 15 Feb. 2021 By relocating his personal trainer to San Francisco and rehabbing his injured Achilles at Chase Center, Thompson can build a rapport with new teammates and keep up with old ones. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Klay Thompson's latest injury rehab is different in one key way for Warriors," 11 Feb. 2021 Their social circle included many Hollywood luminaries of the ‘20s and ‘30s including Mankiewicz, a screenwriter who had a special rapport with Davies. Los Angeles Times, "Amanda Seyfried embraces the silences in David Fincher’s ‘Mank’," 4 Jan. 2021 The two have a rapport, stemming from their time as AAU teammates. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Ohio State commit Malaki Branham, Mentor’s Luke Chicone lead top 50 players to watch: 2020-21 boys basketball preview," 27 Nov. 2020 Peter Watford said his father had a rapport with Hinkle. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "'He did almost the impossible.' How Butler's Alonzo Watford fought racism, became a leader in Indianapolis," 15 Nov. 2020 No matter the subject matter, the hosts’ chemistry and wry rapport makes every episode a delight. New York Times, "7 Podcasts About the Wonders of Science," 26 Jan. 2021 These photographs, mostly of New Yorkers, exhibit an unprecedented intimacy thanks to Davidson’s careful work building rapport with his subjects. William Meyers, WSJ, "‘Bruce Davidson: Outsider on the Inside’ Review: Subjective Experience," 25 Nov. 2020 And, of course, Emily Jones, who has great rapport with players and staff, will continue to be the primary in-game reporter. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Fans got some good exposure to Rangers minor leaguers last season. Here are some who could arrive in 2021," 12 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of rapport was in 1660

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23 Feb 2021

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“Rapport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapport. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rapport

formal : a friendly relationship


rap·​port | \ ra-ˈpȯr How to pronounce rapport (audio) \

Kids Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship


rap·​port | \ ra-ˈpȯ(ə)r, rə- How to pronounce rapport (audio) \

Medical Definition of rapport

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

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