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From relation +‎ -ship.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈleɪʃ(ə)nʃɪp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹɪˈleɪʃənˌʃɪp/
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  • Hyphenation: re‧la‧tion‧ship


relationship ‎(plural relationships)

  1. Connection or association; the condition of being related.
    • 2013 August 10, Schumpeter, “Cronies and capitols”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8848: 
      Policing the relationship between government and business in a free society is difficult. Businesspeople have every right to lobby governments, and civil servants to take jobs in the private sector.
  2. Kinship; being related by blood or marriage.
  3. A romantic or sexual involvement.
    Why are they being mean to her just because she wants a relationship with him?
  4. A way in which two or more people behave and are involved with each other
    I have a good working relationship with my boss.
  5. (music) The level or degree of affinity between keys, chords and tones.

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