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noun American English pronunciation: relation /rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/ 
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  1. 1

    relations

    [plural] the relationship between countries, people, or organizations

    international relations

    relation between:

    The visit is an important step in improving relations between Japan and China.

    relation with:

    We have very good relations with the local police.

  2. 2
    [countable] a member of your family

    All our friends and relations came to our wedding.

    any/no relation to someone:

    "I'm Sarah King." "Are you any relation to Steve King?"

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] a connection between two or more people or things
    relation between:

    The study found a direct relation between smoking and lung cancer.

    bear no relation to something:

    The tax bears no relation to people's ability to pay.

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