Definition of relationship in English:



  • 1The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

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