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

Example Sentences

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 Pyongyang had a complicated relationship with Beijing and Moscow for many years. Min Joo Kim, Washington Post, 26 Nov. 2022 Mobley and Antetokounmpo don’t have a relationship. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2022 The Hollywood icon—whose real name is Norma Jeane Mortenson—reportedly did not have a relationship with Gifford growing up. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2022 But these days, growers have an increasingly complicated relationship with the liquid asset so vital to their survival. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 Italy has a complicated relationship with its fascist past, now under greater scrutiny as Giorgia Meloni, a hard-right politician with a teenage past as a Mussolini fan, was sworn in as prime minister last month. CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Arabs have a particularly close relationship with soccer—which is the most popular sport in the region, and features many national leagues. Armani Syed, Time, 23 Nov. 2022 But down in Phenix City, Javion Cohen has a more complex relationship with the two in-state powers. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 22 Nov. 2022 The Good Feet Store has a good relationship with the medical community. Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of relationship was in 1741

Dictionary Entries Near relationship

Cite this Entry

“Relationship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relationship. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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 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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