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[ US /ɹiˈɫeɪʃənˌʃɪp/ ]
[ UK /ɹɪlˈe‍ɪʃənʃˌɪp/ ]
  1. a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
    he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship
  2. a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
  3. (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
  4. 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
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How To Use relationship In A Sentence

  • The school has a very good relationship with the community.
  • Human relations do not always rely on meeting each other in person every day. When we talk about relationships between people on either side of the border, just a few thousand miles can’t keep love from growing and blooming into a beautiful bonding. Gulzar 
  • Although a few years old already, this possibly mistitled book is a good read for anyone interested in relationships.
  • This relationship is also honest, but you keep it a bit more circumspect because you know this person is going to follow in your footsteps. Christianity Today
  • By ethical conduct toward all creatures, we enter into a spiritual relationship with the universe. Albert Schweitzer 
  • Added to that, his company is passionate about the relationship between live music and dance in performance.
  • Meanwhile, Mr. Christie is taking the same tact in what he described as a "passionate" relationship with Mr. Sweeney, who has the power to single-handedly block bills. Christie, Sweeney in Standoff Over Funds
  • Running parallel to this tempestuous relationship is the whirlwind romance between weathergirl Hero, played by Billie Piper, and sports presenter Claude.
  • The relationships between hagfishes, lampreys, and jawed vertebrates are one of the still-unresolved problems in craniate phylogeny.
  • The focus is on relationships among European countries.
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