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noun relation pronunciation in British English /rɪˈleɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1


    [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/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.
  3. 3
    [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?’



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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