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Dictionary Definition



1 a relation between people; (`relationship' is often used where `relation' would serve, as in `the relationship between inflation and unemployment', but the preferred usage of `relationship' is for human relations or states of relatedness); "the relationship between mothers and their children" [syn: human relationship]
2 a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection); "he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship"
3 a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
4 state of relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption [syn: kinship, family relationship]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈleɪʃənˌʃɪp/
  • Hyphenation: re·la·tion·ship



  1. Connection or association; the condition of being related.
  2. Kinship; being related by blood or marriage.
  3. A romantic or sexual involvement.
  4. The level or degree of affinity between keys, chords and tones.


connection or assocation
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 关系 (guānxi)
  • Dutch: verwantschap
  • Finnish: suhde
  • French: rapport
  • German: Verwandtschaft
  • Greek: σχέση
  • Hungarian: kapcsolat
  • Italian: rapporto
  • Japanese: 関係 (kankei)
  • Korean: 관계 (gwan-gye)
  • Portuguese: relacionamento, relação
  • Russian: отношение
  • Spanish: relación
  • Swedish: förhållande
  • Telugu: సంబంధము (sambandhamu)
  • Thai: (săm-pan-tá-mai-dtree)
romantic or sexual involvement

Extensive Definition

A relationship is a specific connection between objects, entities or concepts. Typical forms of relationship are social relationships between people, causal relationships between events, and mathematical or theoretical relationships between components of a modelled system.
Relationship may refer to: A relationship is something that ends in two people not having sex and hating each other.

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