re‧la‧tion S2 W1
official connections between countries, companies, organizations etc:
Relations between the two countries have improved recently.
diplomatic/international etc relations
Canada and Britain have established diplomatic relations with North Korea.
The union has close relations with the Labour Party.
b)➔ public relations, industrial relations, race relations
the way in which people or groups of people behave towards each other
Relations between workers and management are generally good.
measures to improve race relations (=relations between people of different races)
used to talk about something that is connected with or compared with the thing you are talking about:
Women's earnings are still low in relation to men's.
latest developments in relation to the disease
a connection between two or more things [= relationship]
connection[uncountable and countable]
the relation between prices and wages
The price the meat is sold for bears no relation to (=is not connected to) the price the farmer receives.
a member of your family [= relative]:
We have relations in Canada and Scotland.
What relation are you to Jessica?
close/distant relation➔ blood relation
Steve is a distant relation of my wife.
➔ poor relationat poor (11)
to have sex with someone