relationship

noun

re·​la·​tion·​ship ri-ˈlā-shən-ˌship How to pronounce relationship (audio)
1
: the state of being related or interrelated
studied the relationship between the variables
2
: the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: such as
a
b
: a specific instance or type of kinship
3
a
: a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings
had a good relationship with his family
b
: a romantic or passionate attachment

Examples of relationship in a Sentence

The relationship between the two countries has improved. She has a close relationship with her sister. She has had many bad relationships. I am not in a relationship right now. the relationship between mental and physical health “What is your relationship to the witness?” “He is my father.” See More
Recent Examples on the Web However, the couple have kept the details of their relationship extremely private and have only been photographed by paparazzi on a few rare occasions. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 22 Sep. 2023 Research has found that the public is happy to share data with commercial organizations if the relationship is built on honesty and transparency, and has a clear public benefit. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 Espinoza said her mother was in a relationship with 31-year-old Nathaniel Huey Jr., and the three of them lived together for about eight years. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 21 Sep. 2023 My husband won’t bring it up with his SIL; their relationship is friendly yet superficial. Haben Kelati, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 The couple made their relationship Instagram official on New Year’s Day 2017. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 21 Sep. 2023 The brothers vie over their relationships with the female leads: cheer captain Brooke Davis (Sophia Bush), her artsy best friend Peyton Sawyer (Hilarie Burton), and Haley (Lucas’s best friend). Talia Abbas, Glamour, 21 Sep. 2023 Postpartum Depression Timeline in Partners and Adoptive Parents Around 8 to 10% of fathers in heterogeneous relationships experience postpartum depression, and in fathers particularly, the disorder may strike later during the first year of their baby's life. Maria Carter, Parents, 21 Sep. 2023 Several of country’s historic songs have placed the singer outside of a house where the actions occurring inside — usually conveyed through shadows — announce the hard truth that a relationship is over. Tom Roland, Billboard, 21 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of relationship was in 1741

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“Relationship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relationship. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

relationship

noun
re·​la·​tion·​ship ri-ˈlā-shən-ˌship How to pronounce relationship (audio)
1
: the state of being related
study language relationships
2
: kinship
claimed relationship with the mayor
also : a specific instance or type of this
family relationships
3
: a state of affairs existing between those having shared dealings
good doctor-patient relationships

Medical Definition

relationship

noun
re·​la·​tion·​ship -shən-ˌship How to pronounce relationship (audio)
1
: the state of being related or interrelated
research into the relationship between diet, blood, cholesterol levels, and coronary heart diseaseCurrent Biography
2
a
: 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 Association
b
: an emotional attachment between individuals
a meaningful relationship

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