Relationship - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈleɪʃnʃɪp|  American pronunciation of the word relationship
Brit.  |rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)nʃɪp|  British pronunciation of the word relationship


- 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

- a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)

he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship

- a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
- (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption (syn: kinship)


The relationship between the two countries has improved.

She has a close relationship with her sister.

She has had many bad relationships.

I am not in a relationship right now.

The relationship between mental and physical health

I have quite a good relationship with my parents.

She has a close relationship with her daughter.

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).

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.

He's never had a sexual relationship before.

She doesn't really want a relationship with me.

Are you in a relationship right now?

'What's your relationship to Sue?' 'She's my cousin.'

Word forms

singular: relationship
plural: relationships
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