Definition of relationship
1 : the state of being related or interrelated studied the relationship between the variables
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
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.”
First Known Use of relationship
RELATIONSHIP Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of relationship for Students
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 Definition of relationship
1: the state of being related or interrelated research into the relationship between diet, blood, cholesterol levels, and coronary heart disease—Current Biography
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 relationship—Journal of the American Medical Associationb: an emotional attachment between individuals a meaningful relationship
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