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relation

noun uk   /rɪˈleɪ.ʃən/ us  

relation noun (FRIENDSHIP)

relations [plural] B2 the way in which two people or groups of people feel and behave towards each other: Relations between him and his new wife are rather strained.formal Britain enjoys friendly relations with Canada.

relation noun (CONNECTION)

B2 [U] the connection or similarity between two things: The relation between the original book and this new film is very faint. She bears no relation to (= she is not similar to) her brother. in/with relation to sth B2 in connection with something: She used the map to discover where she was in relation to her surroundings.

relation noun (FAMILY MEMBER)

B1 [C] a member of your family: The funeral was attended by friends and relations. She's a relation by marriage because she married my cousin.
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