relationship

noun re·la·tion·ship \ ri-ˈlā-shən-ˌship \
Updated on: 20 May 2018
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 : kinship
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

  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.”

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First Known Use of relationship

1741

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RELATIONSHIP Defined for English Language Learners

relationship

  • : 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

noun re·la·tion·ship \ ri-ˈlā-shən-ˌship \
1 : the state of being related or connected
2 : connection by common ancestry or marriage
3 : the state of interaction between two or more people, groups, or countries
  • The sisters have a close relationship.

Medical Dictionary

relationship

noun re·la·tion·ship \ -shən-ˌship \
1 : the state of being related or interrelated
  • research into the relationship between diet, blood, cholesterol levels, and coronary heart disease
  • Current 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 relationship
  • Journal of the American Medical Association
b : an emotional attachment between individuals
  • a meaningful relationship


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