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 The two were recent but fast friends who texted often as their new business relationship and rapport grew. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando mourns Git-n-Messy’s Chuck Cobb, a towering presence with a tender heart," 30 Apr. 2021 Casali was a popular player in the clubhouse and had a great rapport with the pitching staff, but the Reds are ready to give Stephenson more playing time in 2021. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Reds release Archie Bradley, Curt Casali, 2 others at the non-tender deadline," 3 Dec. 2020 That's a departure from Trump, who found rapport with autocrats, including North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and others. Matthew Lee And Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY, "Officials: Biden preparing to recognize Armenian genocide at hands of Ottoman Turks," 22 Apr. 2021 That's a departure from Trump, who found rapport with autocrats, including North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Russia's Vladimir Putin, Erdogan and others. Aamer Madhani, ajc, "Biden faces calls on pledge to recognize Armenian genocide," 21 Apr. 2021 Ultimately, the component of their show that’s so vital for hooking listeners is also something that’s incredibly challenging to advertise: rapport. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Facebook Bursts Into the Live Audio Scene," 20 Apr. 2021 The media offered in digital booth space focusing on problem-solution demos, cases and differentiators facilitates rapport and warms up leads. Tracy King, Forbes, "Building A New Home For Expos," 19 Apr. 2021 After spending nearly two months together in the MLS is Back bubble, the team emerged with a unique rapport. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Orlando chegou’: Unified Lions bring winning energy into 2021 MLS season," 16 Apr. 2021 As the Brewers’ second baseman, Wong has spent much of his time since first taking the field in spring training trying to build an on-field rapport with his shortstop. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers reliever Devin Williams is getting some of his 'spring training' work in during early season," 8 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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6 May 2021

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“Rapport.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapport. Accessed 12 May. 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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