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relationship

noun
     
re‧la‧tion‧ship S1 W1
1 [countable] the way in which two people or two groups feel about each other and behave towards each other
relationship with
I have quite a good relationship with my parents.
She has a close relationship with her daughter.
relationship between
the special relationship between Britain and the US
personal/family/social etc relationships
a study of doctor-patient relationships
They've established a better working relationship.
I had a sort of love-hate relationship with my brother (=we loved and hated each other at the same time).
2 [uncountable and countable] the way in which two or more things are connected and affect each other
relationship between
the relationship between poor housing and health problems
relationship to
He's studying politics and its relationship to the media.
The lessons bear little relationship (=they are not connected) to the children's actual needs.
3 [countable] a situation in which two people spend time together or live together, and have romantic or sexual feelings for each other:
He's never had a sexual relationship before.
relationship with
She doesn't really want a relationship with me.
in a relationship
Are you in a relationship right now?
4 [uncountable] the way in which you are related to someone in your family
relationship to
'What's your relationship to Sue?' 'She's my cousin.'

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