relationship

When you're in a relationship, you're emotionally involved or at least connected in some way. If you're related to somebody — your parents, your aunts and uncles, your cousins — you share a family relationship with them.

You can also use relationship to describe dealings between various groups, as “Members of the European Union have a relationship of economic interconnectedness,” or “A lease helps define your relationship with your landlord.” You'll also see relationship used with interactions that don't directly involve people. In many of these cases, the word relation is better. For example, in the sentence "We are always looking at the relationship between ticket price and sales," it would be better to use relation.

Definitions of relationship
  1. noun
    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”
    synonyms: human relationship
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    partnership
    a cooperative relationship between people or groups who agree to share responsibility for achieving some specific goal
    personal relation, personal relationship
    a relation between persons
    bonding
    a close personal relationship that forms between people (as between husband and wife or parent and child)
    indebtedness, obligation
    a personal relation in which one is indebted for a service or favor
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    relation
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  2. noun
    a state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection)
    “he didn't want his wife to know of the relationship
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    anaclisis
    (psychoanalysis) relationship marked by strong dependence on others; especially a libidinal attachment to e.g. a parental figure
    love affair, romance
    a relationship between two lovers
    intrigue
    a clandestine love affair
    affair, affaire, amour, intimacy, involvement, liaison
    a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  3. noun
    a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
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    account, business relationship
    a formal contractual relationship established to provide for regular banking or brokerage or business services
    acquaintance, acquaintanceship
    a relationship less intimate than friendship
    affiliation, association, tie, tie-up
    a social or business relationship
    assimilation
    the state of being assimilated; people of different backgrounds come to see themselves as part of a larger national family
    friendly relationship, friendship
    the state of being friends (or friendly)
    membership
    the state of being a member
    subjection, subjugation
    forced submission to control by others
    brokerage account
    a fund that a customer has entrusted to a securities brokerage
    bank account
    a fund that a customer has entrusted to a bank and from which the customer can make withdrawals
    short account
    a brokerage account of someone who sells short (sells securities he does not own)
    blood brotherhood
    the friendship characteristic of blood brothers
    companionship, company, fellowship, society
    the state of being with someone
    confidence, trust
    a trustful relationship
    repression
    a state of forcible subjugation
    oppression
    the state of being kept down by unjust use of force or authority: "after years of oppression they finally revolted"
    captivity, enslavement
    the state of being a slave
    bondage, slavery, thraldom, thrall, thralldom
    the state of being under the control of another person
    bondage
    the state of being under the control of a force or influence or abstract power
    peonage
    the condition of a peon
    confinement
    the state of being confined
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    state
    the way something is with respect to its main attributes
  4. noun
    (anthropology) relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption
    synonyms: family relationship, kinship
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    affinity, phylogenetic relation
    (biology) state of relationship between organisms or groups of organisms resulting in resemblance in structure or structural parts
    descent, filiation, line of descent, lineage
    the kinship relation between an individual and the individual's progenitors
    affinity
    (anthropology) kinship by marriage or adoption; not a blood relationship
    blood kinship, cognation, consanguinity
    (anthropology) related by blood
    birth, parentage
    the kinship relation of an offspring to the parents
    fatherhood, paternity
    the kinship relation between an offspring and the father
    maternity, motherhood
    the kinship relation between an offspring and the mother
    sisterhood, sistership
    the kinship relation between a female offspring and the siblings
    brotherhood
    the kinship relation between a male offspring and the siblings
    marital bed, marital relationship
    the relationship between wife and husband
    steprelationship
    a family relationship by virtue of remarriage
    bilateral descent
    line of descent traced through both the maternal and paternal sides of the family
    unilateral descent
    line of descent traced through one side of the family
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    relation
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
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