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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The report claims that the Colombian does not have a good rapport with Bayern's new coach Niko Kovač. SI.com, "Colombia Star James Rodríguez Linked With Premier League Move Amid Rumours of Bayern Munich Exit," 29 June 2018 And his love-hate rapport with the hero of the show, Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan, is the heart and soul of the show, humanizing both of them. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The best villains on TV," 6 July 2018 Part philosophers, part policy makers, always young and almost always loyal, myth shapers gain status through identification and rapport with their principal. Martin Peretz, WSJ, "‘The World as It Is’ Review: A Witness to Hope and Change," 11 June 2018 The grandest presence onstage at Repertorio Español belongs to the smallest creature there: a handsome rooster with luxurious plumage in fiery tones and a strikingly comfortable rapport with his principal scene partner. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Betting on a Rooster in ‘No One Writes to the Colonel’," 2 Apr. 2018 In 2016, the Queen even appeared in a video to smack talk the U.S. Though Melania did meet with Prince Harry in Ontario, there was hardly the same cheeky rapport between the Windsors and the first family as in years past. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "A Brief History of Donald Trump’s Controversial Interactions with the British Royal Family," 9 July 2018 As Silva is tasked with the job of changing the style of football at Goodison park, and with rebuilding the rapport between the team and the fans, Silva sees Lascelles as the first stepping stone to putting that right. SI.com, "New Everton Boss Marco Silva Reportedly Targeting £30m Rated Newcastle Captain," 4 June 2018 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship


rap·​port | \ra-ˈpȯr \

Kids Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship


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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