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Definition of relationship noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] the way in which two people, groups, or countries behave toward each other or deal with each other relationship (between A and B) The relationship between the police and the local community has improved. relationship (with somebody) She has a very close relationship with her sister. I have established a good working relationship with my boss. a master-servant relationship see also love-hate relationship
  2. 2[countable] relationship (between A and B) relationship (with somebody) a loving and/or sexual friendship between two people Their affair did not develop into a lasting relationship. She's had a series of miserable relationships. Are you in a relationship? Money problems have put a strain on their relationship.
  3. 3[countable, uncountable] the way in which two or more things are connected relationship (between A and B) the relationship between mental and physical health relationship (to something) This comment bore no relationship to the subject of our conversation. People alter their voices in relationship to background noise. an inverse relationship
  4. 4[countable, uncountable] the way in which a person is related to someone else in a family a father-son relationship relationship between A and B I'm not sure of the exact relationship between them—I think they're cousins.
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