Definition of relationship in English:



  • 1The way in which two or more people or things are connected, or the state of being connected:

    ‘the study will assess the relationship between unemployment and political attitudes’
    • ‘There was an intimate relationship between the virtues of a society and the virtues of the people in it.’
    • ‘It seeks to examine the relationship between public and private as explored in contemporary art.’
    • ‘Science will be benefited as long as there is a healthy relationship between science and technology.’
    • ‘So there are some awkward questions here about the relationship between units and interaction capacity.’
    • ‘So there's a huge relationship between Contemporary and Modern Art and Folk Art’
    • ‘Our aim was to study the chronological relationship between different tomb types in the region.’
    • ‘The standard contract so far only specifies the business relationship between contractors and agencies.’
    • ‘The intimate relationship between oral, literate, and indeed visual culture is worth recalling.’
    • ‘Each of these two definitions seems to imply a relationship between slightly different concepts.’
    • ‘Musical form also consists of the relationship between different patterns of sound.’
    • ‘Or is the relationship between women and food a valid area for thought and debate?’
    • ‘Stylistic differences between the tiles make it hard to imagine the relationship between them when laid in a floor.’
    • ‘The relationship between these different forms of equality is rather complex.’
    • ‘What Peel created that evening changed the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain.’
    • ‘On the contrary, the relationship between signifier and signified is arbitrary.’
    • ‘In the shrinking modern world, the relationship between sport and war seems to be getting closer.’
    • ‘The relationship between these spaces is achieved through their visual connection.’
    • ‘The relationship between trade and settlement was also different in various parts of the early empire.’
    • ‘There is also a considerable literature on the relationship between mergers and managerial efficiency.’
    connection, relation, association, link, correlation, correspondence, parallel, tie-in, tie-up, alliance, bond, interrelation, interconnection
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    1. 1.1 The state of being connected by blood or marriage:
      ‘they can trace their relationship to a common ancestor’
      • ‘Such behaviour makes the confidential relationship of marriage impossible.’
      • ‘In such a case the right is still one that arises out of the marriage relationship.’
      • ‘The prohibition stands whether the relationship is legitimate, natural or by marriage.’
      • ‘Marriage and the nuclear family have become the most common relationships in the middle economic strata.’
      • ‘Then they also had the relationship between him and his own father, which is not so great.’
      • ‘The two of them have a beautiful relationship and they both love each other very dearly.’
      • ‘The Korean concept of family, on the other hand, is strictly based on a blood relationship.’
      • ‘Your present relationship or marriage is strengthened through love and understanding.’
      • ‘I think that's a common way of looking at relationships because marriage is a form of contractual ownership.’
      • ‘Nothing has affected our relationships with each other - we face the same problems.’
      • ‘It can be especially useful for couples and adults and often leads towards happier relationships.’
      • ‘Family relationships and attitudes towards class and gender are understood in greater detail.’
      • ‘The blood relationship allows these women certain leeway and influence that a wife does not have.’
      • ‘In healthy relationships, people respect each other for who they are.’
      • ‘The DNA allows the sex to be identified, and familial relationships to be traced.’
      • ‘The only thing parents have in common is our curious relationship with our own children.’
      • ‘The legal relationship between two people should be protected by the state.’
      • ‘The visiting relationship is the most common form of conjugal union for poor Forro or Tonga females.’
      • ‘Even heterosexuals are showing greater skepticism about relationships and marriage.’
      • ‘I would love to see more articles on maintaining marriages and relationships.’
      family ties, family connections, blood relationship, blood ties, kinship, affinity, consanguinity, common ancestry, common lineage, connection
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    2. 1.2 The way in which two or more people or groups regard and behave towards each other:
      ‘the landlord–tenant relationship’
      ‘she was proud of her good relationship with the staff’
      • ‘Does this create an adversarial relationship between the two of you and your respective staffs?’
      • ‘In other words privity of estate arises when there is a relationship of landlord and tenant between the parties.’
      • ‘It should be to teach children something about the world and help foster their relationships with each other.’
      • ‘It recognises the role of family and other relationships in influencing trends towards recovery or relapse.’
      • ‘Every poem in it was in some way or form connected to the relationship between the two of them.’
      • ‘The relationship between South African rugby and its rugby journalists is a bittersweet one.’
      • ‘Classroom teaching involves a personal relationship between teacher and pupil.’
      • ‘Finally, the scheme skews the relationship between citizen and state.’
      • ‘Such a duty did not depend on a contractual relationship between the person causing and the person suffering the damage.’
      • ‘The partial identity of aims required a new definition of the relationship between the armed forces and the state.’
      • ‘The usual distinction does not apply when the relationship between the parties obliges them to look after the patient.’
      • ‘There is a degree of murkiness around the relationship between the murderer and the murdered person.’
      • ‘Partly this derives from the inequality of the relationship between doctors and patients.’
      • ‘It represents a process that is actively destructive of people's views of themselves, and their relationships with each other.’
      • ‘The relationship between a bank and its correspondents is often one of agency.’
      • ‘Why then is the relationship between doctors and managers often strained and currently perceived to be at a low ebb?’
      • ‘Contracts are recommended as the basis for the relationship between growers and marketers.’
      • ‘Do you think that makes a difference to the relationship between the officers and the inmates?’
      • ‘The most natural relationship between two people is the relationship between man and woman.’
      • ‘Once it was concerned with human relationships - either with each other or their environment.’
    3. 1.3 An emotional and sexual association between two people:
      ‘she has a daughter from a previous relationship’
      • ‘Why do people love each other so much, have such an intimate relationship, and then fight?’
      • ‘Is it actually possible for humans to divorce sex from their relationships with each other without drugs and brain surgery?’
      • ‘We are here to affirm the rights of all New Zealanders to legal protection and social respect for their relationships.’
      • ‘Her goal is to teach skills that change the way we think and behave in relationships.’
      • ‘I mean, you talk to any sex therapist, and they'll tell you that the level of sexual boredom in relationships is very high.’
      • ‘The emotional nature of most sexual relationships seems to have changed the focus from the self to the dyad.’
      • ‘What does it mean to be a ‘spook’, how does being a spy affect personal relationships and friendships?’
      • ‘From this point of view, the tale deals with a sexual relationship as much as the previous one does.’
      • ‘In fact her uninhibited attitude towards sex and relationships often catches the people around her unawares.’
      • ‘In our efforts to find and maintain loving relationships, many of us behave as if we are bargain hunting.’
      • ‘You're lucky you have each other and a relationship in which you can speak your mind.’
      • ‘I think it's the secrets that do destroy marriages and do destroy relationships.’
      • ‘He emphasizes how these arrangements often led to romantic relationships and marriages.’
      • ‘He thinks that people in relationships don't need friends, because they have each other.’
      • ‘I believe all couples have to learn to leave each other alone, to give each other space in relationships.’
      • ‘Reciprocal transactions are one of the ways that people begin to develop relationships with each other.’
      • ‘Vicki and Harriet begin a flirtatious relationship, fraught with sexual tension.’
      • ‘It seems a lot of people in the company have relationships with each other.’
      • ‘This is their relationship with each other and you shouldn't be playing a part in it.’
      • ‘We have children from previous relationships / marriages and a one year old together.’
      romance, love affair, affair, affair of the heart, love, amorous entanglement, flirtation, liaison
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