rapport

noun
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 It’s where the lawyers first build rapport with jurors, exuding charm, quizzing their interests and exploring their life experiences. Kyle Whitmire, al, 14 July 2021 Ultimately, the number one way to build rapport is to ask questions. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 The meeting, at least part of which was not expected to include even senior aides, appeared to be an effort to build more of a personal rapport than to hash out the specifics of a deal. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 Always network and speak with talent from other industries to build rapport and get people familiar with your brand. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 28 May 2021 Their rapport in Baton Rouge helped Burrow win the Heisman Trophy and led to Chase becoming the recipient of the Fred Biletnikoff Award. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, 26 June 2021 The delay had become a worrying sign in Ankara; Erdogan had good rapport with former President Donald Trump and had been hoping for a reset despite past friction with Biden. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Apr. 2021 The delay had become a worrying sign in Ankara; Erdogan had good rapport with former President Donald Trump and had been hoping for a reset despite past friction with Biden. Aamer Madhani, Time, 24 Apr. 2021 The delay had become a worrying sign in Ankara; Mr. Erdogan had good rapport with former President Donald Trump and had been hoping for a reset despite past friction with Mr. Biden. Aamer Madhani, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Apr. 2021

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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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“Rapport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapport. Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for rapport

rapport

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rapport

formal : a friendly relationship

rapport

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

Kids Definition of rapport

: a friendly relationship

rapport

noun
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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