relationship

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noun re·la·tion·ship \-shən-ˌship\

Definition of relationship

  1. 1 :  the state of being related or interrelated studied the relationship between the variables

  2. 2 :  the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: such asa :  kinshipb :  a specific instance or type of kinship

  3. 3a :  a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings had a good relationship with his familyb :  a romantic or passionate attachment

Examples of relationship in a Sentence

  1. The relationship between the two countries has improved.

  2. She has a close relationship with her sister.

  3. She has had many bad relationships.

  4. I am not in a relationship right now.

  5. the relationship between mental and physical health

  6. What is your relationship to the witness? He is my father.

Recent Examples of relationship from the Web

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First Known Use of relationship

1741



RELATIONSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

relationship

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Definition of relationship for English Language Learners

  • : the way in which two or more people, groups, countries, etc., talk to, behave toward, and deal with each other

  • : a romantic or sexual friendship between two people

  • : the way in which two or more people or things are connected


RELATIONSHIP Defined for Kids

relationship

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noun re·la·tion·ship \ri-ˈlā-shən-ˌship\

Definition of relationship for Students

  1. 1 :  the state of being related or connected

  2. 2 :  connection by common ancestry or marriage

  3. 3 :  the state of interaction between two or more people, groups, or countries The sisters have a close relationship.


Medical Dictionary

relationship

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noun re·la·tion·ship \-shən-ˌship\

Medical Definition of relationship

  1. 1:  the state of being related or interrelated research into the relationship between diet, blood, cholesterol levels, and coronary heart disease—Current Biography

  2. 2a:  a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings called on to assume the role of personal advisor in the doctor-patient relationshipJournal of the American Medical Associationb:  an emotional attachment between individuals a meaningful relationship



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