relationship
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈleɪʃ(ə)nʃɪp/
  • (America) IPA: /ɹɪˈleɪʃənˌʃɪp/

Noun

relationship (plural relationships)

  1. Connection or association; the condition of being related.
  2. (mathematics) The links between the x-values and y-values of ordered pairs of numbers especially coordinates.
  3. Kinship; being related by blood or marriage.
  4. A romantic or sexual involvement.
    Why are they being mean to her just because she wants a relationship with him?
    • 1975 March 17, Marian Christy, "Suzy Chaffee, A Liberated Beauty", The Lebanon Daily News
      I'm not advocating sexual promiscuity but I think it's possible for a woman to have many kinds of sexual relationships with many men and that shouldn't affect the status of the marriage.
    • 2000, April 8, Dorthea Straus, "Oates on Marilyn: Men, drugs, tragedy", The Baltimore Sun
      Her most satisfying sexual relationship seemed to be a threesome with Charles Chaplin Jr. and Eddy Robinson Jr., the spurned sons of famous film fathers.
  5. A way in which two or more people behave and are involved with each other
    I have a good working relationship with my boss.
  6. (music) The level or degree of affinity between keys, chords and tones.
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