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relation

noun  us   /rɪˈleɪ·ʃən/
connection or similarity: [U] There was little relation between the book and the movie. Relations are the connections between people, groups, organizations, or countries: [pl] diplomatic relations [pl] business/economic relations
[C] a person who is a member of the same family as another person: On our trip, we visited friends and relations on both sides of the family.
Translations of “relation”
in Korean 친척…
in Arabic قَريب…
in Portuguese aparentado, -a, parente…
in Catalan parent, -a…
in Japanese 親類, 親戚…
in Italian parente…
in Chinese (Traditional) 友好關係…
in Russian связь, зависимость, родственник…
in Turkish ilgi, ilişki, bağ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 友好关系…
in Polish związek, krewn-y/a…
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