relationship - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the way in which two or more people or things are connected with or involve each other

    There is a close relationship between poverty and crime.

  2. 2
    the way in which two or more people or groups behave towards and are involved with each other

    the doctor-patient relationship

    relationship between:

    The relationships between players from the two teams were pretty friendly.

    relationship with:

    What was your relationship with your mother like?

    1. a.
      a sexual or romantic relationship, especially one that continues for a long time

      Jack’s job put a lot of strain on their relationship.

      be in/have a relationship:

      I was already in a relationship when I met Ben.