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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
Center officials watched Gunn quickly build a rapport with newcomers with his rare mix of acerbic wit and blunt honesty, eased by empathy.
A position that the school’s principal, Marty Mills, was happy to promote him to, considering the good rapport Outland had already established with students.
In classic Hughes fashion, the screwball rapport between Steve Martin and John Candy drives the movie, and there's a lot of heart and (non-dad-joke) humor to go around.
The 22-year-old is only focused on what’s ahead, namely trying to get a firm grasp of the intricacies of offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s playbook and developing a rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
Kayla, the South African party host, has developed a friendly rapport with many of Desire Pearl's regulars.
He and Mr. Kerry developed a close rapport, even if it was often punctuated by shouting matches.
The key to creating a community at the shop, Hussain said, is offering a variety of menu items, creating rapport, and having employees who care.
But his greatest achievement here is capturing the emotional rapport between Underhill and the Lady May, his feline partner for this mission.
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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
RAPPORT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rapport for English Language Learners
: a friendly relationship
RAPPORT Defined for Kids
medical Definition of rapport
- rapport between a patient and psychotherapist
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