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 Then again, the groundbreaking drag queen did play my all-time favorite on-screen guidance counselor, Mrs. Cummings, in the childhood classic The Brady Bunch Movie, so his natural rapport with youngsters has been evident for over 25 years. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 Kitchens was hired specifically because of his rapport with the quarterback. cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals could be Freddie Kitchens’ swan song: Crowquill," 29 Dec. 2019 But Gunnell also has a rapport that goes beyond the receivers’ room. BostonGlobe.com, "In another lifetime, before Rich Gunnell was Boston College’s interim head coach and before Kobay White was the Eagles’ leading receiver, White was an intriguing recruit hiding out in Harrisburg, Pa., and Gunnell was trying to carve out a start in coaching after starring at BC for four years.," 14 Dec. 2019 Grimes recalled that Capra was very kind to the children actors and had an easy rapport with them. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "‘Every time a bell rings’: actress Karolyn Grimes reflects on iconic role at Alamo Drafthouse special screening," 11 Dec. 2019 Miami’s running game has struggled, which means Parker and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick will continue their newfound rapport at the expense of the Jets in what could set up as a possible high-scoring matchup. Brandon C. Williams, The Denver Post, "Fantasy football Week 14 NFL players to start and sit, including Broncos’ Noah Fant," 4 Dec. 2019 Trump has very little rapport with Wolf personally but needed to pick someone because the job was open and the White House has struggled to find other plausible candidates who want to run DHS. Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump says Chad Wolf is now acting Homeland Security chief, adding to confusion about transition," 2 Nov. 2019 So far, financial markets have welcomed the idea of the new coalition under the assumption that its leaders in Rome will be likelier to hew to European financial rules and have a better rapport with regulators in Brussels. Washington Post, "Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte wins backing to form a new government — this time, without the far right," 30 Aug. 2019 Obviously so much of the Packers' success revolves around Aaron Rodgers, but don't take for granted the fact that LaFleur has, at least on the surface, been able to build a good rapport with his star quarterback in a relatively short period of time. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "NFL roundtable: Which offseason moves are paying off most right now?," 7 Dec. 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Rapport.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapport. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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