Relation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈleɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word relation
Brit.  |rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word relation


- an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
- sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur (syn: coition, coitus, copulation, intercourse)
- a person related by blood or marriage(syn: relative)
- an act of narration(syn: recounting, telling)
- (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
- (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups


The incident led to tense international relations.

Sexual relations outside of marriage

Relations between the two countries have improved recently.

Canada and Britain have established diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Britain threatened to break off diplomatic relations with the regime.

The union has close relations with the Labour Party.

Relations between workers and management are generally good.

The price the meat is sold for bears no relation to (=is not connected to) the price the farmer receives.

We have relations in Canada and Scotland.

What relation are you to Jessica?

Steve is a distant relation of my wife.

he has distant relations back in New Jersey

he was the hero according to his own relation

his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed

the price curve in relation to inflation

Word forms

singular: relation
plural: relations
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